Dempster Willing To Be Reliever For Playoffs
Ryan Dempster has a bunch of relief experience from early in his career and has been mediocre at best as a starter this season, so the Red Sox are thinking about shifting him to the bullpen for the playoffs.
Dempster hasn't relieved since closing for the Cubs in 2007, but told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com:
If I was asked to go down there I could help us out in a big way. I have confidence in my ability, confidence in the mental side of it. Ive been there before. Its fun. Its a totally different animal. Ill do whatever role they ask me to pitch in. Whatever they ask me to do, Im going to grab it by the horns and run with it.
Source: Aaron Gleeman, Hardball Talk