Cubs Working To Move Dempster

The Cubs are working hard to move Ryan Dempster “by the end of the week,” according to one executive who spoke with ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark (Twitter link). Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that the Cubs don’t want to delay and that Dempster could be “the first domino” for this year’s trade market (all Twitter links). 

The Cubs are exchanging names with teams interested in Dempster, Ken Rosenthal reported today. The Dodgers, Tigers, Braves, Red Sox and Nationals are in the mix for the right-hander, Rosenthal reported. Dempster has the right to veto any trade, but has indicated that he’d be open to joining contending teams.

Dempster, 35, has a 1.86 ERA with 7.3 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 92 innings for the Cubs this year. He earns $14MM in 2012 — more than $6MM between now and the end of the season — but the Cubs are said to be willing to absorb salary to facilitate a deal. Whichever team acquires Dempster won't be eligible to obtain draft pick compensation for him should he depart as a free agent after the season.


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Remember92
3 years 1 month ago

Really hope this isn’t the first domino to fall. A starting pitcher with 1 1/2 yrs of control and an era under 2. That will net the Cubs a nice return. Then I’m sure other GM’s will see the return on Ryan and start to make this an even stiffer sellers market…yikes!!

craigkimbrelfan
3 years 1 month ago

 Dempster is an FA after this year…

NWDC
3 years 1 month ago

Dempster is a free agent after this year. 

Remember92
3 years 1 month ago

My bad..got his contract mixed up with someone elses…

YanksFan4EverNamed_Nick
3 years 1 month ago

Who?

Jimmy Bloomfield
3 years 1 month ago

he only has 1/2…. garza is under team control through 2013 youre mixing them up
 

Jimmy Bloomfield
3 years 1 month ago

as a cubs fan i would like to see him make ONE more start for us… we’re hot! then deal him and re-sign

3 years 1 month ago

As a Cub fan Id like to see him dealt before he tweaks his back or gets shelled & has the highest trade value he’s ever had.  Thanks Ryan.  Youre welcome back in 2013.

3 years 1 month ago

Lets go Red Sox, this is your chance to solidify that rotation.

cobb1918
3 years 1 month ago

I like that trade but only if the BoSox don’t empty the farm for him!

mgsports
3 years 1 month ago

Back to the Marlins or to Nats or Balitmore or Tigers with Barney or Soriano.

CHendershott
3 years 1 month ago

Oh man, if the Cubs threw in Barney I don’t see how the Tigers wouldn’t be willing to throw their entire farm at them.

As a White Sox fan I’d rather the Tigers did not shore up two of their biggest needs in one fell swoop, but a non-partisan look says that is a great match-up…

23553
3 years 1 month ago

Perfect replacement for Strasburg IMO, not too expensive, and not a long term commitment. Also, while they have, and can easily use, Lannan, the Nats will need a 6th starter for the weekend due to their doubleheader, which fits with Dempster being dealed by the end of the week.

slider32
3 years 1 month ago

I agree Dempster is a perfect fit for the Nats, they could go with a six man rotation the rest of the year. This way they won’t have to shut Stasburg down at all.

a5ehren
3 years 1 month ago

Any word on the kind of return the Cubs are asking for?  He’s obviously going to get  dealt somewhere at this point…

Brent Hatch
3 years 1 month ago

This news, while not a surprise at all, makes me sad.  What an exemplary human being Dempster is.  Losing he and Woody in the same year is a major loss of character and positive leadership in that clubhouse.  Hopefully they get some tremendous value for him, and wouldn’t it be wonderful to see him sign with the Cubs this winter?

burtonbball88
3 years 1 month ago

Well we lost Wood and Dempster, but without Zambrano, I’d say that the character and positive leadership can never be worse than 2011.

drumzalicious
3 years 1 month ago

I really think he’s pitching over his head right now and wont be able to sustain it for the rest of the season.

asovermann
3 years 1 month ago

His career era since being converted to a starter in chicago is around 3.50, I’m there teams wouldnt mind getting that from him.

gamaize
3 years 1 month ago

 Which bumps up how much with a switch to an American league team with a DH in place of the pitcher in the lineup.

jb226
3 years 1 month ago

Over the half a season hes being acquired for?  I’d say it washes out with the fact that in a first-time hitter-pitcher matchup the advantage typically goes to the pitcher.

Demp’s a pro.  Whatever team gets him will be lucky to have him.  I don’t think anybody expects a sub-2.00 ERA going forward, but he will help whatever team he joins.

asovermann
3 years 1 month ago

2 of the teams interested in him have the best two DH’s in the league in Ortiz and Butler, after those two DH’s are there really any other full time DH’s that pose much of a threat? The DH really is a pretty weak position these days.

petrie000
3 years 1 month ago

probably something like .25, at best… Not having to bat also means being able to pitch more innings, though, and more time to work on just pitching in the off-days…

A good pitcher’s a good pitcher in either league, American League GM’s just like to trot that argument out to drive down trade value for players they want.

sourbob
3 years 1 month ago

The exhausting thing about Dempster trade rumors–other than them going on forever–is how often people make proposals for acquiring him based on the lowest possible estimate of his value over the rest of the season. Yes, he’s 35. Yup, he’ll be a FA. No, you won’t get draft picks. Yes, he’ll probably regress some from his hot start.

But right now, he’s arguably the most effective available starting pitcher who’s officially on the market, he has a good track record, he’s a top notch clubhouse guy, he’s riding a hot streak, and at least ten teams are in on him. THAT is what is going to set his price. That’s how the trade market works. You pay for upside.

Figuring your team has a shot at getting him on the cheap while he’s doing this well and there’s this much demand is just ridiculous.

cloudrambler
3 years 1 month ago

You don’t pay upside. You pay FMV, which accounts for upside, but also takes in those other values against the other pitchers that are (supposedly) on the market. Cubs aren’t doing themselves any favors trying to deal both Dempster and Garza and to do Dempster first. 

sourbob
3 years 1 month ago

Funnily enough, there are multiple columnists saying that dealing Dempster now to help clear the deck to trade Garza later is precisely what the Cubs should do. They may be wrong, but it is a well-discussed notion.

RKMartin
3 years 1 month ago

Who would the Cubs get in return? What are your thoughts? What are the thoughts of the sportswriters? Could the Cubs get Lannan plus prospects from the Nats? Do the Tigers have anyone the Cubs could use who isn’t named Castellanos or Marte? Would the Dodgers send some young arms plus DeJesus Jr or Sellers or Van Slyke?  Who do you think the Cubs should target?

asovermann
3 years 1 month ago

The Cubs would never want Lannan, they’re building for the future

Natsfan89
3 years 1 month ago

The Cubs would get Detwiler + prospects from the Nationals. Not the top flight ones like Goodwin, Rendon, or Meyer but still decent prospects like Skole, Freitas, and Rosenbaum.

jb226
3 years 1 month ago

Sounds quite good to me.

3 years 1 month ago

Yeah I agree. Theo’s a smart enough guy that he pick out a few sleepers if need be.  IMO they’ll be under the radar guys like the Miles Head type but more big league ready

QCCubsPerspective
3 years 1 month ago

 Not so sure about that. I think Meyer is a trade chip the Nats would be willing to give up for Dempster. I also think he could be packaged with Reed Johnson for the Nats to use as a 4 or 5th OF option.

Sourbob
3 years 1 month ago

“Sure, he had a five year record of success, was leading the majors in ERA, and there was a ten team budding war, but we offered ’em Ross Detwiler…”

Natsfan89
3 years 1 month ago

I’d love to hear what you think a realistic offer from the Nats would be…

sourbob
3 years 1 month ago

I don’t know their system all that well. But I think it’s safe to say that bidding wars for top available players are seldom settled by bottom of the rotation arms like Detwiler and Lannan.

Do those guys have value? Sure, to someone. Do the Nats need them? Not particularly. But just because you have a guy you want to deal and there’s a guy you want does not mean that’s the basis for a deal. Detwiler probably isn’t that useful to the Cubs, either, and Lannan is all but useless.

Natsfan89
3 years 1 month ago

Detwiler is 6’5 lefty with a mid 90s fastball whos under club control for the next few years. If he joined the Cubs right now the only pitcher in the Cubs rotation with better stats would be Dempster.

How you can honestly think he has no value to the Cubs is beyond me.

petrie000
3 years 1 month ago

Detwiler’s an interesting piece, honestly. His trade value’s not as high as it could be since he hasn’t pitched well of late, but he’s one of those guy who could be fantastic in a few years… or could crash and burn hard.

sourbob
3 years 1 month ago

I didn’t say he had no value. I said he might not be that useful to the Cubs. He’s a worthy enough young pitcher–a guy who’s had mixed results at the big league level but might blossom into a solid 3/4 during his next few years of team control. Kinda like Travis Wood. (See, we already have one of those guys.)

That said, Detwiler will be 27 years old next season and has been league average-ish so far. He may improve some (probably he will) but he’ll also be maybe 30 and several arbitration raises down the road the next time the Cubs contend.

The Cubs aren’t going to go into a deadline bidding war looking for not-that-young guys with middle of the road ceilings who’ll be making millions before they can put together a playoff run.

They’re going to target prospects. Guys with riskier, but potentially brighter futures who won’t be making squat for 2 to 3 years. They won’t nab any absolute top prospects, but there’s no reason they need to unload their best trade chips for mildly useful stuff people have lying around either.

sourbob
3 years 1 month ago

I should differentiate though: it’s the talk of a deal built around Lannan that I find ridiculous. The proposed deals built around Detwiler don’t seem like the best way to capitalize on the demand for Dempster, but they’re not terrible proposals. I just think at this point they’re more likely to cash in for prospects.

Matt_P102
3 years 1 month ago

If the Cubs can get Detwiler and Skole for Dempster they should do it in a second.

RKMartin
3 years 1 month ago

 I originally mentioned Lannan (see waaaay above) since it was the name that came to me. After looking it up, I would, too, prefer Detwiler. Skole looks promising, but he’s just in A ball so I think it would take more than just those two for Dempster or Garza.

Matt_P102
3 years 1 month ago

I think Garza will return more than Dempster.

Dempster is having a career half so far. Over the last few years he’s been a #3 pitcher. He’s better than Detwiler (#4 guy) but it’s reasonably close.

I don’t really think the Nats trade Detwiler. With Lannan and Wang on the way out, the Nats are low on starting pitchers. If they add Dempster and he and Edwin Jackson leave in FA, they’d be desperate for pitching and have to overpay. And if they traded Detwiler, they’d still need another pitcher for this season once Stras is benched(although a playoff rotation of Gio, J-Zimm, Dempster and Jackson is better than Gio, J-Zimm, Jackson and Detwiler).

Maybe the Nats would trade Goodwin or Meyer for Garza?

3 years 1 month ago

highest bidder wins and Natsfans thats a very mediocre offer

Natsfan89
3 years 1 month ago

 Mediocre and fair are entirely different things. I’m sure some GM will blow his load for Dempster but despite the year he’s having giving up top prospects for a 35 year old rental with no guarantee of an extension and no draft compensation if he leaves isn’t worth it.

natural_light
3 years 1 month ago

 ” I’m sure some GM will blow his load for Dempster but despite the year
he’s having giving up top prospects for a 35 year old rental with no
guarantee of an extension and no draft compensation if he leaves isn’t
worth it.”

I haven’t herd that this trade season, way to be original guy. BTW Rizzo will probably be the load shooter in that story and we will have some very good prospects from whoever lands Demp. Demp wants to come back via FA in any trade to boot.

Natsfan89
3 years 1 month ago

Why would expect Rizzo to be the load shooter? Rizzo hasn’t been burned on any trades he’s made.

3 years 1 month ago

In that case you keep him, there are 10 teams interested in Dempster. A lowball offer of Detwiler as the centerpiece will not win the bid. Sorry to disappoint you

Natsfan89
3 years 1 month ago

Detwiler, Skole, Frietas, and Rosenbaum isn’t a lowball offer but I’ll ask you the same question I asked the other guy. What do you think a realistic offer from the Nationals would be?

And keep in mind the new CBA has completely boned selling teams leverage. Go read Nicholson-Smiths post about it if you don’t believe me.

Robert McCuaig
3 years 1 month ago

It’s boned the buyer, not seller.  The price is the price, if Theo doesn’t get what he wants, he moves on to the next team.  And if no teams offer fair trade value, we keep Dempster– a fan favorite and leader in the clubhouse, who may well re-sign this winter.  No big loss.
Why do some buying teams’ fans think that selling teams are forced to give away quality players just because the team stinks…?!?!  Not the way it works.  Bud is not holding Theo’s feet to the fire to deal everyone another team wants.  
Ditto for Garza, he’s under control next year and still is an extension candidate.

3 years 1 month ago

In my honest opinion the Cubs will go after pitching prospects not mid level positional prospect players. If you are offering Detwiler up as the centerpiece you have to go with one of your top 3 pitching prospects (all in low A ball) if not 2. Dempster for Detwiler, Matt Purke/Sammy Solis/Alex Meyer

cyberboo
3 years 1 month ago

Under the new CBA, low-ball offers will now be the norm, not the exception, since rentals offer nothing in return for the team trading for them.  Theo and Jed have a choice.  Hold onto Dempster and get a sandwich pick, or trade him for 2 or 3 tier 2 or 3 prospects.  If they hold him, offer 12.5 and he turns it down, the sandwich pick between the first and second round goes to Chicago.  If Pittsburgh sign him and their top 10 pick is protected, their next pick simply disappears.  It doesn’t go to the Cubs in the draft.  The rules have changed and fans expecting teams to pay with elite prospects will be disappointed, because the teams aren’t going to offer anything close to an elite prospect for a rental any longer, putting the pressure on the seller, not the buyer.

burtonbball88
3 years 1 month ago

That would be what is offered, and not decided. It is still an opinion of what will happen. You also have to factor in the amount of sellers. More teams are buying and bidding. We don’t really know who is being targeted or offered in these Dempster trade talks. It will be interesting to see if this really affects the trade that drastically. I would still think that teams may just take the chance if they are in the right position and have the right prospects to offer.

cyberboo
3 years 1 month ago

Under the rules of the new CBA, teams no longer have to trade top prospects for rentals or one year players.  If Greinke rejects arbitration from Milwaukee with a 12.5 qualifying offer, they receive one sandwich pick, that’s it.  If Pittsburgh signs Greinke, Milwaukee don’t receive their first rounder. If it is below the top ten, it disappears, ceases to exist, with all teams moving up one slot. One comp pick is it, regardless who the player is.  Teams receive zero compensation if a rental walks at the end of the year, which means they aren’t going to trade anything valuable for a Dempster, Garza, Greinke, Hamels, etc.  GM’s will have a choice.  Trade them for a couple of prospects or perhaps a major league player or keep the player, offer arbitration, then get a sandwich pick between the first and second round.  If the player isn’t offered 12.5M, they walk for nothing. Any team that trades elite prospects now for rental players should fire their GM for stupidity.

chris_synan1
3 years 1 month ago

I will give the cubs Punto for Dempster, and that might be too much since he is 35 and a rental

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

Ben Cherington, is that really you?

natural_light
3 years 1 month ago

pfffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

ray1
3 years 1 month ago

How about the Cubs just trade Dempster to Boston for nothing as part of the ongoing compensation for Epstein. Keep crying, Sox fans.

Ptk123
3 years 1 month ago

I will give the Red Sox Soriano and no money for Ellsbury and you pay half his salary!

Frank Richard
3 years 1 month ago

I think a possible deal with the tigers is best maybe sending Dempster, Garza, Barney, and Vitters to Detroit for Castellanos, Turner, Porcello, and lower level prospects. The cubs get 2 major league ready pitchers and the best third base prospect who is blocked and they send a guy who can still fit in the outfield or spot start at third in Vitters. Detroit gets 2 arms for this year and one of which is controlled for next year and a defensive 2B. I think the lower prospects would have to be good also.

Frank Richard
3 years 1 month ago

I think a possible deal with the tigers is best maybe sending Dempster, Garza, Barney, and Vitters to Detroit for Castellanos, Turner, Porcello, and lower level prospects. The cubs get 2 major league ready pitchers and the best third base prospect who is blocked and they send a guy who can still fit in the outfield or spot start at third in Vitters. Detroit gets 2 arms for this year and one of which is controlled for next year and a defensive 2B. I think the lower prospects would have to be good also.

Robert McCuaig
3 years 1 month ago

We don’t want to sell all of our chips to Detroit.  Their prospects are not that great, and they don’t want to give up Castellanos.  I’m losing faith in Turner.  The rest seem mediocre at best…

haymaker9
3 years 1 month ago

If the Dodgers offered Eovaldi, Ivan DeJesus Jr, and Dee Gordon (as PTBNL) for Castro and Dempster, who hangs up first?

dodgers33dodgers
3 years 1 month ago

probably the cubs

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

Castro has to be on the Cubs’ untouchable list.

Robert McCuaig
3 years 1 month ago

Cubs’ FO would be laughing too hard to hang up immediately, but they should in that scenario…
Dee Gordon is Tony Campana in the INF, Eovaldi is not impressive- avg at best, DeJesus Jr has no real tools, a prospect without a pos., speed but weak SB% in MiLB

VDrules
3 years 1 month ago

That would be a really dumb move for the red sox to trade for him.

3 years 1 month ago

Cardinals not interested?  I can hardly beleive that.

RiosFan
3 years 1 month ago

White Sox get:
RHP Ryan Dempster
RHP Rafael Dolis
Cash

Cubs get:
RHP Simon Castro or RHP Nestor Molina
SS Tyler Salandino