What a career year for Ryan Dempster. A year removed from fans calling for him to get out of the closer role, he works his way back into great shape and earns a starting role as Kerry Wood because the new Cubs closer....and he goes 17-6 with 2.96 ERA.
I like Ryan, he's an outstanding guy and loves to have a good time dressing up as Captain America and having some Chicken at Stanley's at 2am. Here's my thing however....this could be the biggest gamble the Cubs could have made this offseason rather than going out and getting a proven (more than 1 year in a row) starter.
If the Cubs are looking for starting pitching this offseason then they picked a good year to do so. If you look at some of the names in free agency (Sabathia/Burnett/Garland/Sheets..etc_), was securing Ryan Dempster who was a starting pitcher for the first time 2003 the top priority. General Manager Jim Hendry did say his top priority was Dempster, but the Cubs are also in the running for trading for Jake Peavy? Why the need for pitching?? This is a team who's strength this past year was their starting pitching going on to win 97 games. Their fault in the postseason was scoring 6 runs in 3 games against the Dodgers.
Maybe Hendry should concentrate more on that rather than a man who does stellar in those lovely contract years!!