Rangers Acquire Ryan Dempster

The Rangers acquired Ryan Dempster from the Cubs for minor league third baseman Christian Villanueva and minor league right-hander Kyle Hendricks.  The Braves and Dodgers were favored at various points for Dempster, but the Rangers jumped in and made the move and the 35-year-old approved the deal.

Ryan Dempster - Cubs (PW)

Dempster was drafted by the Rangers in the third round way back in 1995 and was traded to the Marlins the following year.  In recent years, he's been a reliable starter for the Cubs, acquiring 10-and-5 rights.  The Rangers' need for starting pitching was heightened when Colby Lewis went down this month. 

Dempster posted a 2.25 ERA with 7.2 K/9, 2.3 BB/9 and a 42.1% ground ball rate in 104 innings with the Cubs this year.  He's earning $14MM — nearly $5MM between now and the end of the season — and will hit free agency this fall.

The Rangers won't be eligible to obtain draft pick compensation for Dempster, since they're acquiring him midway through the last year of his contract.  If the Cubs had kept Dempster, they could have made him a one-year qualifying offer following the season and been eligible for a compensatory pick in 2013.

Villanueva, 21, has a .285/.356/.421 batting line in 425 plate appearances with Class A Myrtle Beach this year. The third baseman entered the 2012 season as the 100th-best prospect in MLB, according to Baseball America. He has a .286/.350/.438 batting line in four minor league seasons.

Hendricks, 22, has a 2.82 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 1.0 BB/9 in 130 2/3 innings over the course of 20 starts at Myrtle Beach. The 6'2" right-hander has 150 strikeouts and just 21 walks in 166 1/3 innings since being selected in the eighth round of the 2011 draft.

The Braves nearly acquired Dempster for Randall Delgado, but the trade didn't go through.  Instead, Atlanta obtained Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson from the Cubs in a trade that was announced last night.

ESPN's Buster Olney first reported the trade and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported which prospects were involved. MLB.com's Ken Gurnick and Scott Miller of CBS Sports had early word of the deal, which made it in just under the trade deadline buzzer. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported that the Cubs would obtain two Class A prospects.  Photo courtesy of US Presswire.


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140 Comments on "Rangers Acquire Ryan Dempster"


Wilsonl
3 years 28 days ago

Good move; but is Profar or Olt involved? Please not.

M.Kit
3 years 28 days ago

I sure hope not

Devern Hansack
3 years 28 days ago

I think Texas would riot if that were the case.

the_show
3 years 28 days ago

you must be joking

FS54
3 years 28 days ago

I hope both.

BaseballBeisbol
3 years 28 days ago

Doubt it. They would have gotten Greinke if they were willing to part with either of them.

Karkat
3 years 28 days ago

Not for a rental, no way

3 years 28 days ago

Definitely not, maybe Perez

swing1
3 years 28 days ago

Who saw this coming? Hope they didn’t give up too much for this guy.

mike melusky
3 years 28 days ago

Wonder if Martin Perez is part of the deal. (Edit, a pair of class A arms.)

Chase Johnston
3 years 28 days ago

Wait, The Rangers balked at including Perez for Greinke but you think he’s in for dempster?

3 years 28 days ago

Dang that was close

Mikey Roederer
3 years 28 days ago

Please let the Cubbies get something good in this trade…We did decent yesterday, but we could use a big name here!!

Squirrel57
3 years 28 days ago

And it’s 1:00

Karkat
3 years 28 days ago

Nice move for Texas to keep up with the Joneses (the Greinkes?). I trust they didn’t give up too much for the rental.

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 28 days ago

I’m just happy it wasn’t New York. Nothing against Dempster.

greengrove
3 years 28 days ago

They’re going to the series!!!
…Then losing

ChadSmooth
ChadSmooth
3 years 28 days ago

lol, my thoughts exactly.

ACraig21
3 years 28 days ago

*splash*

DerekJeterDan
3 years 28 days ago

He makes up for the loss of Colby Lewis. It’s a good, not perfect counter to the Angels move. Dempster might have difficulty adjusting to the American League but its an ok move. Good character guy.

erm016
3 years 28 days ago

Character doesn’t win ballgames. I’m still not sure he’s a good character guy the way he did the Cubs wrong the last two weeks.

CandyMaldonadoLand
3 years 28 days ago

bitter Braves fan chiming in

Richard Cleven
3 years 28 days ago

No. bitter Cub fan. Much rather have Delgadeo.

alxn
3 years 28 days ago

implying braves fans aren’t ecstatic that they didn’t give up Delgado for 2 months of Dempster

3 years 28 days ago

he did the cubs wrong cause he used his right to block a trade, yeah that makes sense. . . .

3 years 28 days ago

Yes, it does make sense. He approved the Braves as a possible destination, then retracted. Yes, that does mean he did them wrong and cost them a ton of leverage. Don’t reneg on your word – that’s a part of your character.

3 years 28 days ago

if he would of approved it that would mean that he signed the papers, he obviously didnt, thats why he was never was traded to the braves, the papers were never signed, and he came right out after the trade came out, he came out and said that it wasnt true.

3 years 28 days ago

You’re telling me that Theo approached the Braves and did the leg-work, wasting his time without having any inclination as to whether Dempster would have approved the trade? No. That’s why Cubs management and fans have soured on Dempster. Not because he invoked his due 10-5. It was because he cost them leverage by initially being open to the Braves and later retracting. Even after the Delgado mess, Demp said he’d accept a trade to Atlanta, further angering Cubdom. So no, while he signed no papers for the TRADE, trust me that Theo an co. have no interest in spinning their wheels and had his DESTINATION approval.

3 years 28 days ago

Also, his reason behind vetoing the deal was on principle. He didn’t like that Theo and co. didn’t approach him to inform him that the deal was on the table. Braves beat reporters leaked it, and he was offended. Rather than not going based on destination, it was to prove a punitive point. So no, he did not approve the trade. What he DID approve was the destination, only to say “nah, I’d actually rather go to LA.”

3 years 27 days ago

Which is also a lie.

3 years 27 days ago

and that is his RIGHT.

3 years 27 days ago

Which just goes to show that he lied. He had to register exercising his 10-5 rights with MLBPA and league. He vetoed the trade.

BlueCatuli
3 years 27 days ago

Remind me what he did again?

iTarget Designs
3 years 28 days ago

The Shaky Glove takes his talents to Arlington!

dc21892
3 years 28 days ago

I feel bad for Demspter. His dream season comes to an end soon. He is going to get shelled in home starts.

CandyMaldonadoLand
3 years 28 days ago

The year he went 17-6 with a 2.96 ERA wasn’t too shabby either.

Mike Matthews
3 years 28 days ago

Thank God he is gone….someone else’s headache. Woohoo!

jwsox
3 years 28 days ago

He will be a solid middle of the order pitcher not a top flight guy in the AL but not bad at all as long as olt or profar are not involved this is a solid trade

RaiderNation408
3 years 28 days ago

And Billy Beane didn’t make a move…..SMH

East Coast Bias
3 years 28 days ago

Relieved Yankees did not make this trade. I wonder what Texas had to give up…

Funkhouser Jr.
3 years 28 days ago

I loved Dempster as a Cub, but he’s never been a true Ace. After the chaos that’s happened in the past month, he needed to be traded. Hopefully the Rangers ponied up with something halfway decent.

CandyMaldonadoLand
3 years 28 days ago

What “chaos”? Exercising his 10 and 5 rights? Derrek Lee did it when the Angels wanted him and he wound up getting shipped to the Braves. Carlos Lee blocked that trade to the Dodgers earlier this year also.

Sky14
3 years 28 days ago

Just goes to show how unreliable Jim Bowden is.

Ian Masterson
3 years 28 days ago

Wow. That’s… a bitterly disappointing ending to all this.