Ryan Dempster is a ten year veteran who has been with the same club for five years and that gives him the right to veto trades to anywhere. That’s often a complication for the team making the trade, but not this time, as he told Ken Rosenthal recently that he’d go to “any contender.”
Rosenthal explains why some contenders may be more appealing to Dempster than others — he’s been in the NL his whole career, for example — but it certainly sounds like he’s going to be pretty amenable to a trade to whatever team wants him.
Manager Alex Cora said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Pedroia, 34, had cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in late October. He played in only 105 games last season, batting .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBI in 463 plate appearances. His offensive stats were his worst since an abnormally-bad 2014 campaign.
The 34-15 Red Sox have baseball’s best record. Eduardo Nunez has mostly been handling second base in Pedroia’s place, hitting a disappointing .243/.261/.361 in 177 trips to the plate. He has also, by most metrics, played subpar defense at the position, so getting Pedroia back will be a boon.