The 35-year-old right-handed pitcher wanted to dismiss the idea that he would struggle in the stacked AL East. "I'm very aware that the AL East is a tough division. If you go out there and make the pitches and execute, it won't matter who you're pitching against," Dempster said.
Dempster was acquired by the Texas Rangers on July 31 last season from the Chicago Cubs. With the Cubs in the NL, he posted a 2.25 ERA and 1.038 WHIP, but with the Rangers he had a 5.09 ERA and 1.435 WHIP (he still managed a 7-3 record with Texas).
Prior to joining the Rangers, Dempster had spent his entire career in the National League. He has a career record of 124-124 with a 4.33 ERA and two All-Star selections.