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10/01/2005 1:44 PM ET
Dempster, Cubs agree to extension
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The Chicago Cubs today announced that pitcher Ryan Dempster has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the club. Financial terms of the deal, which extends through the 2008 season, were not disclosed.

Dempster, 28, has gone 5-3 with a 3.13 ERA in 63 games this season. The right-hander has worked primarily out of the bullpen this year, becoming one of the most effective closers in franchise history.

Dempster has converted 33 of 35 save opportunities, including his current streak of 19 straight. He is 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA in 57 relief appearances, allowing just 12 earned runs in 58.1 innings of relief. His current scoreless innings streak (21.1) is also the longest by a Cubs reliever since Les Lancaster in 1989.

Dempster signed with the Cubs as a free agent in 2004 after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow in August 2003. Prior to his injury, he worked primarily as a starter, recording three double-digit win campaigns and surpassing the 200.0-innings mark three times. He was named to the National League All-Star Team in 2000 and was named one of the 99 "Good Guys" in professional sports by The Sporting News.

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