Ryan Dempster a 'small coup' for Sox 

December, 13, 2012
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Ryan Dempster Jason Miller/Getty ImagesThe per-year cost of Dempster might look steep, but Sox fans should stomach it at two years.
Getting Ryan Dempster, one of a handful of mid-rotation starters who now represent the best pitching options on the free-agent market, for just a two-year deal is a small coup for the Red Sox. Other starters in this group, such as Kyle Lohse and Anibal Sanchez, apparently want deals of four or five years, and Dempster is very close to them in quality and risk, close enough that for his deal to be half that length is a big win for Boston.