Cubs exercise option on Dempster

Updated: October 29, 2004, 2:57 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs exercised their $2 million option Friday on Ryan Dempster after the right-hander showed the club last season he had recovered from "Tommy John" surgery.

Dempster, 27, was 2-2 with a 3.92 ERA in 23 relief appearances. He held opposing batters to a .208 average and allowed 16 hits in 20 2-3 innings.

Dempster was 14-10 and 15-12 with the Marlins in 2000 and 2001 before being traded to the Reds. He was 5-5 in 15 starts for the Reds in 2002 and 3-7 in 2003 when he was slowed by a nerve problem in his neck.

He went on the disabled list for a second time in late July of that season and did not return, undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery on Aug. 4, 2003. He was signed by the Cubs as a free agent before last season and was activated off the DL in August. He made $500,000 last season.

Dempster is 51-56 with a 4.99 ERA in 184 career games, including 156 starts.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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