Ryan Dempster, Red Sox: The new face in the Red Sox rotation will be righthander Ryan Dempster. The 35-year-old British Columbia native finished 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA in 28 starts last season, splitting time between the Cubs and Rangers. Dempster didn’t fare will in his 12 starts for Texas, logging a 5.09 ERA, and the fear is that number will be the rule, not the exception, when the 15-year veteran pitches full-time in the hard hitting AL East.
Andy Pettitte, Yankees: This should be the last ride for the 40-year-old veteran lefty who finished the 2012 season 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts. But he’s another Yankee veteran where health is the key. If he can stay off the DL, Pettitte has the skills to serve up quality starts as the No. 3 man in the New York rotation.
The edge: Red Sox. The Yankees may have gone to the well one too many times with Yankee Doodle Andy.