Ryan Dempster

The right-hander, who began his career as a starter but spent a handful of seasons as a reliever, had a stellar 2008 for the Chicago Cubs, who rewarded his 17-6 record and 2.96 ERA, with a four-year, $52-million contract. He was the first big-name signing this off-season and while some thought he gave the Cubs a hometown discount, his lifetime ERA in 11 seasons is 4.55.
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( Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times / June 5, 2008 )

The right-hander, who began his career as a starter but spent a handful of seasons as a reliever, had a stellar 2008 for the Chicago Cubs, who rewarded his 17-6 record and 2.96 ERA, with a four-year, $52-million contract. He was the first big-name signing this off-season and while some thought he gave the Cubs a hometown discount, his lifetime ERA in 11 seasons is 4.55.

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