According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Royals, Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers are the three top teams vying for Dempster's services next season. The 35-year-old Dempster appears to be holding out for a three-year deal after turning down a two-year, $25 million offer from Boston, which was similar to an offer submitted by the Royals, according to reports.
The long-time Chicago Cubs pitcher was dealt to Texas for prospects at the trade deadline last season. Dempster finished the season with a 7-3 record in 12 starts for the Rangers with a 5.09 ERA and 70 strikeouts.
In 322 career starts, Dempster is an even 124-124 with an ERA of 4.33. Dempster is closing in on 2,000 strikeouts with 1,918 heading into the 2013 season. The Royals hope that next strikeout comes in a Kansas City uniform.