Dempster thought the additions of Shane Victorino, Koji Uehara, Jonny Gomes, and (possibly) Mike Napoli would vault the Red Sox from 69 wins into contention.
Napoli was Dempster’s teammate in Texas for the final 2½ months of the season.
“He’s one of the best teammates I had in my time in Texas,” Dempster said. “He comes to the ballpark every day to win.”
To make room for Dempster on the 40-man roster, righthander Pedro Beato was designated for assignment.
Meanwhile, Cherington did not talk of progress in trying to resolve a deal for Napoli, whose three-year, $39 million agreement seems to be in jeopardy after the team found a concern during his physical.
“There’s really nothing to comment on,” Cherington said. “As with any free agent, until it’s done, it’s not done. I’ll comment on it as soon as I can, but I can’t right now. We’ve had some more dialogue. I wouldn’t classify it as one way or the other. We’ll see what happens.’’
Cherington indicated there were no plans to have Nick Swisher come to Boston on his meet-and-greet tour, though Swisher remains in the Sox’ picture, as does Cody Ross and Adam LaRoche.
Cherington referred often to the one area he hasn’t solved — first base. Could that mean he doesn’t believe the Napoli situation will be resolved? Cherington refused to give an inkling.