Dodgers Interested In Ryan Dempster

The Dodgers are "definitely interested" in Ryan Dempster, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter). The Cubs are expected to consider trade offers for Dempster, a free agent after the season.

As Knobler points out, the Dodgers were interested in Dempster two years ago, but the right-hander preferred to stay in Chicago. Dempster has full no-trade protection as a player with ten and five rights, yet he understands that the Cubs may look to move him for controllable players. The Cubs are open to retaining Dempster long-term and have discussed the possibility with the 35-year-old himself.

Dempster has started 11 games this year and owns a 2.31 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 74 innings. He'll earn $14MM this season before hitting free agency. If a trade is completed, the acquiring team won't be able to obtain draft pick compensation should Dempster sign elsewhere for the 2013 campaign.


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  1. vtadave 3 years ago

    Would love to see Dempster in Dodger blue, but would love even more if he could hit and play third base.

    • dodgerskingsfan 3 years ago

      we’ll find somebody for that. but you can’t have enough pitching.

    • milburn26 3 years ago

      The Cubs should throw in Ian Stewart.

  2. jammin502 3 years ago

    Demp and Kemp?  Sounds like marketing genius!  What do the Dodgers have to offer for him?  I guess Zach Lee might be a starting point and/or Chris Reed?  I have been a fan of Jerry Sands, who now seems to be buried in the Dodgers depth chart.  Could be a good piece for the Cubs if they trade away Soriano.

    • cubs223425 3 years ago

      I think asking for Lee (who is seen as the Dodgers’ #1 prospect in some circles, if not most) is too much, but I gues it couldn’t hurt to try. Sands might not really fit with the Cubs either, since they have Soriano (not really a roadblock), Campana, DeJesus, Jackson, LaHair, and Rizzo at the 1B/OF positions.

  3. colletti has historically traded away his best minor league pieces for average to below average players like casey blake and octavio dotel. i shutter to think what the cubs could extract from him if the dodgers actually had a surplus of minor league talent. i could see some combo of webster, tolleson, martin, withrow, sanchez, or peterson for dempster. zach lee is out of the question for sure. one name that scares me is garret gould. i could totally see colletti trading six potential years of garret gould for 3 months of ryan dempster.    

    •  Typically?  Aren’t you just saying Carlos Santana (who btw, is DH’ing as much as catching)..the guy hitting .225 with 5 HRs?  He is a .240 hitter in the Major’s through his first 1000 AB’s.

      What other “top” minor league pieces has he traded?  Here are the  minor leaguers traded by the Dodgers by Ned:

      AZ – Tony Abreu
      ATL – Willy Aybar
      BAL – Steve Johnson, Josh Bell, Dana Eveland
      BOS – Trayvon Robinson, Bryan Morris, Andy LaRoche, Eric Hull
      CHI – Brett Wallach, Kyle Smit, Blake DeWitt
      CWS – Justin Fuller, Thomas Perez
      CLE – John Meloan, Carlos Santana
      KC – Lucas May, Elisaul Pimente, Juan Rivera (not the one on the roster), Blake Johnson, Julio Pimentel, Jarod Plummer,
      NYM – Chin-lung Hu, Steve Schmoll
      OAK – Antonio Perez (and got back Ethier)
      PIT – Andrew Lambo, James McDonald
      SDG – Eduardo Perez, Michael Watt
      SF – Travis Denker
      TB – Sergio Pedroza, Joel Guzman, Justin Ruggiano, Dionar Navarro, Chuck Tiffany, Edwin Jackson
      WAS – Luis Garcia, Victor Garate, Jhonny Nunez

      The only players in that list that have played much atr the MLB level are Abreu, Aybar, DeWitt, Santana, McDonald, Navarro, and Jackson.

      Santana has upside, as does McDonald.  Jackson has been up and down.

      I think Ned gets a bad rap.  He DIDN”T trade Kemp, Ethier, Kershaw, or Billingsley.  All of those have done much better than any he did trade away.

      • IdontknowwhyIpostonforums 3 years ago

        Whoa now!  Hold off on the facts and reason.  That is too much for the Colletti bashers to handle. 
         You are coming dangerously close to sounding like you know what you are talking about.

      • Sky14 3 years ago

        Morris and LaRoche went to the Pirates. I believe the reason people are negative towards Colletti is his willingness to trade top prospects for guys with little upside like aging vets with expired deals. Santana, Mcdonald, Lambo, Trayvon Robinson, Joel Guzman, Edwin Jackson, Josh Bell are examples of the type of prospects he has dealt. Some haven’t panned out but that’s how it goes with prospects. He should have got more for these players. Imagine if he got the players Detroit did from Arizona for Edwin or if LA had Mcdonald in the rotation with Santana behind the plate. The results of trading Santana led to later trading Robinson for a lower upside catcher to bolster depth. He seems to lack patience with high upside talent.

        Also, Billingsley has not done much better than Mcdonald or Santana.

  4. Jorden 3 years ago

     If the Cubs aren’t going to extend him and the Dodgers won’t get draft picks, no chance we give up Lee for 7m rental of Dempster.

    I’d like to see the Dodgers take on all 7m+ remaining and offer a much lower package than Lee + company.

  5. I think Zach Lee might be a bit high to start with, start with Sands and see what develops.

  6. I posted this down further.

    Ned gets the blame for a lot of trades/signings, but here is a list of minor leaguer players or rookies he has traded away since taking over as GM:

     AZ – Tony Abreu
    ATL – Willy Aybar
    BAL – Steve Johnson, Josh Bell, Dana Eveland
    BOS – Trayvon Robinson, Bryan Morris, Andy LaRoche, Eric Hull
    CHI – Brett Wallach, Kyle Smit, Blake DeWitt
    CWS – Justin Fuller, Thomas Perez
    CLE – John Meloan, Carlos Santana
    KC – Lucas May, Elisaul Pimente, Juan Rivera (not the one on the roster), Blake Johnson, Julio Pimentel, Jarod Plummer,
    NYM – Chin-lung Hu, Steve Schmoll
    OAK – Antonio Perez (and got back Ethier)
    PIT – Andrew Lambo, James McDonald
    SDG – Eduardo Perez, Michael Watt
    SF – Travis Denker
    TB – Sergio Pedroza, Joel Guzman, Justin Ruggiano, Dionar Navarro, Chuck Tiffany, Edwin Jackson
    WAS – Luis Garcia, Victor Garate, Jhonny Nunez

    He gets blasted for Santana and McDonald, but Santana is a .240 hitter in 1000 AB’s and isn’t an everyday catcher.  James McDonald is having a nice start to this season, but let’s see him win 10 games in a season and then we can talk.

    He doesn’t get enough credit for the players he didn’t trade – Kemp, Kershaw, Ethier, Billingsley – all better than any on the list he traded.

    • Let’s see him win 10 games? Jesus H. I’m not saying you’re wrong about Colletti, but get with the times dude. Its bad enough that you judge Santana on batting average, but using wins for pitchers? It’s one of the most meaningless stats in sports.

    • baseball52 3 years ago

      You know, catchers don’t play 162 games at that position, right? Santana has played 40 games behind the plate this season.

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      You need to wait and see if McDonald can “win 10 games in a season” before declaring the Dotel anything other than a terrible deal for the Dodgers? The Dodgers got less than two months of Dotel for a guy who’s going to be pitching in the All-Star game this year.

      As for Santana, he has a .796 OPS in his career, had 27 homers last year, and has caught 40 of the team’s 59 games this year while spending time at 1B and DH.

  7. I understand the Dodgers need to go deeper into innings. But honestly, I’ve never been sold on Belisario. Is it just me, or does it bother you that he takes the mound every other night. If he is ever in a clutch situation, he will blow it! I would offer him up in part for Demp, and get a solid closer! Why not give Jared Wright a shot at closing? Just some thoughts…

    • Joey E 3 years ago

      Belisario is fine and the Dodgers dont need a closer. Kenley Jansen has been fine. please dont bring up last night. he got beat on a bloop single

    • Fallito 3 years ago

       You got to be kidding, right?  A year when we are seeing quality, perennial all stars pitchers getting rocked by the second inning, Lincecum, Wainwright, Santana, and then you can count with fingers the times Dodgers pitchers had not completed 6 innings, this including the rookie Eovaldi.  BTW JAMEY Wright made the team as a Spring Training invitee, and as far as I know, don’t have closer experience and it is, what 37 years old.

  8. mgsports 3 years ago

    Theirs other people on this list that have had time in the Majors.
    He also didn’t trade Ellis/Loney/Gordon and so on.

  9. slider32 3 years ago

    I think the Dodgers and Sox are good candidates for Garza and Dempster.

  10. I don’t see the Cubs pursuing a trade with the Dodgers…the Cubs needs are position players…and the Dodgers don’t really have much to offer…or any expendable pieces the Cubs could use…unless they have a prospect or two..but I would look elsewhere…the Angels maybe a better fit…their farm system has much better then the Dodgers ..the Angels are looking to unload Kendle Morale’s throw in a prospect maybe move him to third if he can play that position…just a thought…or the Blue Jays for Adam Lind and a prospect and move Lahair to third also if he can play that position….

  11. cubs223425 3 years ago

    Hey, Lilly signed an extension.

  12. you mean like Ted Lilly? Boy that Lilly+Theriot-for Blake deWitt was a steal for the cubbies, wasn’t it? seems to me like the dodgers still owe us.

  13. cubs223425 3 years ago

    Yeah, Maddux cost a whole Cesar Izturis.

  14. vsoer 3 years ago

    DeWitt is in the minors.

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