Braves Moving Toward Deal For Ryan Dempster

12:59pm: The Braves seem to be close to acquiring Ryan Dempster, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (Twitter links). The Braves are believed to be high on the list of teams to which Dempster would approve a trade, Heyman notes. The right-hander, who can veto any trade, is not likely to demand an extension. 

Dempster, 35, has an NL-best 2.11 ERA with 7.1 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 98 innings for the Cubs this year. He earns $14MM in 2012 — more than $5.5MM between now and the end of the season — but the Cubs are said to be willing to absorb salary to facilitate a deal.

12:39pm: The Braves are moving closer to finalizing a trade for a starting pitcher, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (on Twitter). GM Frank Wren is known to be looking for starting pitching and reportedly has some interest in Zack Greinke, Ryan Dempster, Jon LesterJason Vargas and others.

Braves starters have combined for a 4.34 ERA with 7.0 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 so far this year. The team's rotation currently consists of Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson, Mike Minor, Jair Jurrjens and newcomer Ben Sheets. Brandon Beachy and Arodys Vizcaino are out for the season with Tommy John surgery, which has diminished the organization's internal options. Here's a look at some potentially available starting pitchers.

This post was first published on Monday, July 23rd.


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85 Comments on "Braves Moving Toward Deal For Ryan Dempster"


Njriv
3 years 5 days ago

Dempster

3 years 5 days ago

Jon Lester?

3 years 5 days ago

Normally, I would say no way, but judging by Ben Cherington’s complete and utter incompetence as a GM (see: Reddick and Lowrie for Bailey, Melancon, and Sweeney, and Youkilis for a bag of balls while eating nearly all of Youk’s contract) and his horrible draft haul, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see him sell low on Lester.

marinest21
3 years 5 days ago

don’t forget to cue in the hiring of bobby v as manager.

Oilcanoworms
3 years 5 days ago

They also gave Youk away.

3 years 5 days ago

Oh yeah, I forgot about that, and they even ate nearly his entire contract!

MB923
3 years 5 days ago

Reddick and Lowrie too. (Although at the time those weren’t bad trades for Boston)

3 years 5 days ago

To be fair to him, Bailey and Melancon were suppose to be lockdown and nobody could predict Josh Reddick having this kind of power.

3 years 5 days ago

All these moves were made by the front office, Cherington is just a media puppet.

Oilcanoworms
3 years 5 days ago

I have always liked Lester, but the guy is a total mystery this year.

DanRowinski
3 years 5 days ago

The Braves apparently called about Lester. A lot of the rumors surrounding the Sox recently have not been initiated by the Red Sox themselves but about teams inquiring about Red Sox talent. The Sox wouldn’t move guys like Lester or Crawford and couldn’t move Beckett if they wanted to.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 5 days ago

I’m going Garza

marinest21
3 years 5 days ago

Bringing back Kenny Powers?

Good move Wren.

3 years 5 days ago

Wow they deal Tehran straight for Garza. Crazy!

dylanp5030
3 years 5 days ago

Joe Blanton.

3 years 5 days ago

Please tell me it is Josh Beckett, because I can’t sit here and watch Beckett help destroy the Red Sox.

donjuandemarco
3 years 5 days ago

Ten bucks and a tootsie pop says it’s Dempster.

the_show
3 years 5 days ago

I agree I bet Dempster

WisBrave
3 years 5 days ago

Wandy, just because there hasn’t been much talk about him. Wren stays away from the obvious options.

3 years 5 days ago

I could see it being Wandy. As an Astros fan, I’m just glad that it’s Luhnow who would be doing the negoations with Wren instead of Ed Wade…

redsox927
3 years 5 days ago

Its either Dempster or somebody not “known to be on the market” by the media.

3 years 5 days ago

Please be Greinke.

the_show
3 years 5 days ago

I think there would be more rumors floating around if a deal for Greinke was close

marinest21
3 years 5 days ago

They could be moving someone off the big club (maybe two). Constanza got recalled from AAA.

WisBrave
3 years 5 days ago

To replace Diaz.

marinest21
3 years 5 days ago

fact

3 years 5 days ago

Darnell McDonald

M.Kit
3 years 5 days ago

I’m thinking Dempster. Imagine teams aren’t 100% on Garza with the cramp he experienced

sdsuphilip
3 years 5 days ago

and you think teams are sold on dempster who is 35, due regression to the mean and has no team control past this year?

Andrew Cartwright
3 years 5 days ago

Dempster has a a proven track record since 2008 and currently has the best ERA in baseball. Even if he regresses somewhat, which is not the sure thing that everybody here always argues, he is still a solid #2 this year and at worst, a high-end #3 with the way he is pitching.

sdsuphilip
3 years 5 days ago

He has pitched like a 3 all year, just been extremely lucky, and that is generally what he has been over his career, an average three.

mgsports
3 years 5 days ago

One of Twins Starters,Span and Danny V. for Delgado,Simmons the Catcher and so on?

Mike Query
3 years 5 days ago

You must be a twins fan, that trade is just god awful.

jpbucco
3 years 5 days ago

Well THAT narrows it down…

Rbraz
3 years 5 days ago

Liriano

BraveCrowe
3 years 5 days ago

I think we go out and get two starters …I really do

3 years 5 days ago

Dempster today.. Liriano later this week depending on his start today

erm016
3 years 5 days ago

Wouldn’t surprise me, assuming you’re taking JJ & Minor away. Which we should. I’d LOVE if it was Lester and Greinke 😀

marinest21
3 years 5 days ago

Probably a reaction to Jurrijens’ dismantling yesterday courtesy of the Nats.

Tomahawkin11
3 years 5 days ago

No Vargas please.