Cubs Willing To Pay Part Of Dempster’s Salary In Deal

The Cubs have baseball's worst record (26-49) and are willing to listen to trade offers for almost any player on their roster other than Starlin Castro. Jon Heyman of reports that Chicago is willing to pay part of Ryan Dempster's $14MM salary in a deal in order to receive better quality prospects in return. Their plan is to accumulate talent, not save money.

Dempster, 35, is currently on the DL with a lat strain but is expected back around the All-Star break. Ben Nicholson-Smith looked at the veteran right-hander as a trade candidate earlier this month, noting that Dempster could be the most desirable starter on the market in terms of production and cost. The Dodgers, Yankees, and other teams are said to have some level of interest. Dempster has pitched to a 2.11 ERA in a dozen starts this season.

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  1. GoAwayNow 3 years ago

    I think you need a verb in that title friend.

  2. Devern Hansack 3 years ago

    To Boston for Brentz and Cecchini?

    • Leonard Washington 3 years ago

      Wow I bet Theo would love that. Won’t happen. HUGE overpay. Guys on the DL with a shoulder injury, he is far from a sure thing. I would rather pack it in this year then make that deal. 

      • Devern Hansack 3 years ago

        What would be a better offer? I think Brentz and Cecchini would be fair if they were to eat some salary.

        • Leonard Washington 3 years ago

          I would consider giving one of those guys and a very low tier prospect at the absolute most (Or two mid levels Britton & Wilson maybe).Thats only even a thought if his shoulder was evaluated 100% healthy after his DL stint, and he puts up a couple decent starts, AND they provide some salary relief. We could use him but we don’t NEED him. Having Bard back in the pen, Ells, Beckett, Crawford, Bailey and Clay back will be a much larger boost then what Dempster can provide. I would pass. After giving away Lowrie, Reddick, Masterson, Moss (I know right?), and even David Murphy in recent seasons, I want us to stockpile. Right now we have a lot of talent and unless its for a proven game changer I don’t think its worth tapping into it, the un-official salary cap we have now is making holding off super important.

          • cubs223425 3 years ago

            I think that you forget about the fact that Buchholz has been pitching to a 5.44 FIP, which is just terrible. Right now, they have 3 dependable starters, and that is if you assume continued success with Doubront.

          • Leonard Washington 3 years ago

            Buc has been fine 6 out of his last 8 starts. 4 out of them have been 7 or more innings less then 2 runs. Watching him you can tell he clearly turned the corner. Now the question is whether he will keep the momentum going after his DL stint? Which is a legit question. With Lester, Beckett, Matsuzaka, and Morales all pitching well enough. Plus it doesn’t hurt CC and Pettite hit the DL.  

          • cubs223425 3 years ago

            Well, Matsuzaka has only once reached 170 IP in a season (his rookie year), so expecting him to hold up might be too much. Morales has a total of 2 starts so far, while his career FIP as a starter is 4.09.

  3. dodgerskingsfan 3 years ago

    to dodgers with lahair….for eovaldi , ely and others….

    • HerbertAnchovy 3 years ago

      I think the “others” would have to be significant to facilitate that trade.

      • Gumby65 3 years ago

         Others: Annuities due to Manny Ramirez & Andruw Jones would be a start.

    • Gumby65 3 years ago

       Eovaldi? Why would LA do that?

  4. Would the White Sox be in on Dempster at all?  If Danks isn’t ready to come back, Dempster would be a nice addition to the staff.  Dempster gets to stay in Chi-town, play for a contender, and the White Sox could probably afford to pay his salary plus, a minor leaguer.

    • JakeD 3 years ago

      By contender do you mean 8 games back of the Tigers/O’s?

    • scott brecht 3 years ago

      They have no prospects of any value or the ability to take on salary.  

  5. Boston/Det/Yankees….they all need pitching. Enter Wandy Rod.

  6. rr rr 3 years ago

    “Do you really want to liabilities on D on the same side of the infield (Castro and Vitters)”

    Castro is pretty much the complete opposite of a defensive liability.

  7. GoAwayNow 3 years ago

     What? The White Sox lead their division and are one game behind the O’s. What the hell are you talking about?

  8. Jake, am I missing something here?  The Sox are ahead of the Tigers. Apparently Cubs fans don’t like the thought of Dempster on the South Side

  9. GoAwayNow 3 years ago

     This team is clicking right now but they are far from good. Their most consistent pitcher is an unproven rookie who has struggled lately. Their best pitcher has been on the DL twice already. Their ace looks like a number 4 starter. And on top of that they’ve been carried by role players having surprisingly amazing years. In my opinion this team is majorly flawed.

  10. WrigleyTerror37 3 years ago

     no id be fine with that, he would be a good fit for half of the year, just that the white soxs dont really have to many prospects imo maybe we could get a bullpen guy or something in a trade

  11. cubs223425 3 years ago

    The guy just pitched 200+ inning for 4 straight years and has a 3.25 FIP (1.9 WAR) this season. He’s even outperforming that nice FIP with a 2.11 ERA. Why would he NOT be worth something of value to a team with a shallow rotation and need for a good playoff arm?

  12. baseball52 3 years ago

    Perfect Game Humber is so much better.

  13. CHendershott 3 years ago

    My guess is he is a Cubs fan who doesn’t want to see Dempster on the South Side. I’m pretty sure all Sox fans would be thrilled to have him, especially considering the current precarious state of our rotation right now. Dempster turns the White Sox into division favorites by a pretty wide margin. The question is do they have the chips to get him, and the answer is probably not. The only thing Jepstein might go for is some of our relievers and I’m not sure that’s a great trade.

  14. Because B-Jack needs some more polish (his K rate is ridiculous) And Vitters D is fairly poor. Do you really want to liabilities on D on the same side of the infield (Castro and Vitters) I am a strong Vitters supporter, but he is only 22 and I think him finishing this year and September call up is perfect for him, he needs the work where he can make mistakes and not be in the pressure cooker. Lets all remember that if you can’t hit in the PCL there is something wrong with you. Vitters is putting together a nice hitting steak, but until he gets a few more AAA games at 3rd I say stay in Iowa.

    Also, is it just me or is Theo making a ton of moves with his former employer? Maybe we should be the Chicago Red Sox. I get that he knows that organization well and already has a feel for the prospects, but there is also a better chance for that to come back and burn him. If the Cubs do move Dempster or Garza to Boston, they better be getting as close to sure things as Boston has.

  15. cubs223425 3 years ago

    He’s only got one ugly playoff start in his career, but the point is that he’d be a better choice than a lot of playoff teams’ #4s.

  16. baseball52 3 years ago

    4th in UZR, 2nd in Range Rating, and 4th in Defensive Runs Saved at shortstop

  17. Ptk123 3 years ago

    Think it’s a pretty much obvious they aren’t going anywhere!

  18. MB923 3 years ago

    The White Sox don’t have ANY good prospects. I think they were ranked the worst farm in the majors by BA, and the sad thing is, if I recall correctly, they were not even close to being ranked 29th

  19. JakeD 3 years ago

    Last time I checked it’s only the end of June too. I really hope the Cubs get rid of mostly everybody and I could care less if Dempster goes to the Sox, but they better put up something decent if they want him. At this point I really hope the cubs finish in dead last, then they can have first pick in next years draft!

  20. JakeD 3 years ago

    Usually seeing that cardinals symbol would make me instantly hate you and disagree with everything you say, but your pretty much right. People his age are either in college or AA. I firmly believe he will someday be a gold glove shortstop.

  21. MB923 3 years ago

    Only way they can land someone like Dempster is if they give up someone on their current roster.

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