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Hard trying to predict Dempster's future

Updated: November 18, 2008, 6:06 PM ET

For Ryan Dempster, it's been a long, strange road to his new $52 million contract. Dempster is 31 and has pitched enough innings to qualify for the ERA title in only four seasons:

Ryan Dempster

IP HR K/9 K/W ERA

2001 226 30 8.3 2.2 3.66

2002 211 21 7.3 1.5 4.94

2003 209 28 6.7 1.7 5.38

2008 207 14 8.1 2.5 2.96

I'm not sure whether any other pitcher has made exactly this progression, from good starter to terrible ...

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