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Red Sox, Ryan Dempster in 'serious' talks

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly been engaging in serious discussions with Ryan Dempster. It is believed that Dempster is interested in a three-year contract. As of this time, no team has been willing to make that commitment.

Jonathan Daniel

The Boston Red Sox have been engaging in serious discussions with free agent pitcher Ryan Dempster, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com on Wednesday afternoon.

Rosenthal reports that while discussions have heated up, there is no deal in place.

Dempster has already rejected an offer from the Red Sox, according to a report by Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston on Saturday night. Citing sources close to the situation, Edes reports that the organization tabled a two-year deal worth $25 million that would have paid the 35 year-old pitcher $12.5 million in 2013 and 2014.

Dempster reportedly rejected the offer because he is interested in a three-year contract. It was also reported by Edes that he declined a two-year offer worth $26 million from the Kansas City Royals for the same reason.

In addition to Boston and Kansas City, the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs have also shown interest in the right-handed pitcher. As of Wednesday afternoon, it is believed that none of the suitors have been willing to offer a three-year deal.