Rangers acquire Ryan Dempster

July, 31, 2012
7/31/12
5:15
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers acquired veteran starter Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs for two minor leaguers -- third baseman Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks -- just minutes before the trade deadline expired on Tuesday.

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The 35-year-old gives the Rangers a solid starter to incorporate into a rotation that has dealt with injury and inconsistency of late.

Dempster is 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA in 104 innings over 16 starts this season. He has 83 strikeouts and 27 walks and opponents are hitting .210 against him. He's making $14 million this season before he becomes a free agent. Dempster had to approve the deal because he has veto power thanks to his 10-5 rights.

Texas will send third baseman Christian Villanueva and right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks, both from high-Class A Myrtle Beach, to the Cubs.

"Thanks to @Cubs, the city of Chicago and the fans. Looking forward to @Rangers tomorrow," Dempster wrote Tuesday on Twitter.

Dempster gives the club some much-needed depth in the starting rotation, especially after the Rangers announced that Neftali Feliz needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

Roy Oswalt, who has a 6.49 ERA in six starts and has allowed at least 11 hits in three of those outings, will move to the bullpen, the team announced.

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Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
2 2.70 12 20
OTHER LEADERS
BAE. Andrus .305
HRE. Andrus 1
RBIA. Rios 7
RE. Andrus 8
OPSS. Choo .776
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23