Cubs hope Dempster can return to form

Updated: January 21, 2004, 7:46 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs are taking a chance that Ryan Dempster will be as good as old.

The Cubs and the right-hander agreed to a one-year contract Wednesday that includes a team option for 2005, a deal that guarantees him $500,000.

"I'm really ecstatic, I really am," Dempster said. "I love the tradition of the Cubs, I love going to Wrigley Field. It's a great place to play as a visitor, and I always thought what a great place to play as a Cub.

"I'm really thrilled with the ...

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