BOSTON (AP) _ The Red Sox have signed right-hander Ryan Dempster
to a two-year contract.

The team announced the signing on Wednesday, six days after two
people familiar with the negotiations said Dempster had agreed to a
$26.5 million deal.

Dempster adds durability and experience to a rotation that
underachieved last season when the Red Sox went 69-93 and finished
last in the AL East. Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz had disappointing
years and John Lackey returns after missing the season following
elbow-ligament replacement surgery.

Dempster, 35, has pitched more than 200 innings in four of the
past five seasons. He went 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA this year, going
5-5 with a 2.25 ERA for the Chicago Cubs and 7-3 with a 5.03 ERA
for the Texas Rangers.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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