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Cubs, Dempster agree to four-year contract

Updated: November 19, 2008, 9:11 AM ET
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CHICAGO -- Ryan Dempster made the successful switch from closer to starter this season, winning 17 games and helping the Chicago Cubs compile the best record in the National League.

Once the postseason rolled around, though, Dempster's spring training prediction that the Cubs would win the World Series fell way short when Chicago was swept in the first round for the second consecutive year.

Dempster had a chance to leave as a free agent, but his desire to get the Cubs to the World ...

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