Dempster, 35, is in the middle of one of the best seasons of his career. In 11 starts so far, he has a 2.31 ERA, a 7.7 K/9, a 2.4 BB/9 and a career high 3.15 K/BB over 74 innings.
As good as Dempster has been the Yankees don’t need him and they are likely just keeping tabs on him in case they have an injury. But things have been going well in the Yankees rotation. Since Andy Pettitte returned on May 13, they have the best ERA in the AL at 3.41 and a league best xFIP of 3.51 over the past 30 days.
It’s possible that the Yankees could deal either Phil Hughes or Ivan Nova for an outfielder which would open a spot for Dempster in the rotation. That remains highly unlikely though as Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda are free agents at the end of the year so dealing cheap pitchers who are under team control doesn’t make any sense right now. Dempster is a free agent at the end of the year too.