Ryan Dempster Rumors: Wednesday

The Cubs are working hard to move Ryan Dempster and they could trade him by the end of the week. The Dodgers, Tigers, Braves, Red Sox and Nationals have all expressed interest in the right-hander, who can veto any trade. The Dodgers would top Dempster's list of potential destinations, followed by the Braves, Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday. There are only a few teams to which the right-hander wouldn't accept a trade. 

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. Here are the latest rumors surrounding Dempster, with the most recent developments up top:

  • Interest from the Nationals and Yankees isn’t as strong as some reports indicate, Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. While the Dodgers had been considered the favorite to land Dempster, teams such as the Tigers, Red Sox and Braves could still acquire him.
  • ESPN.com’s Buster Olney and Bob Nightengale of USA Today both hear the Dodgers are considered the favorites to acquire Dempster.
  • The Dodgers are viewed as the favorites for Dempster with the Tigers seen as “strong pursuers” and the Red Sox considered long shots, Joel Sherman reported today.


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27 Comments on "Ryan Dempster Rumors: Wednesday"


Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Pretty affordable contract for a top of the line veteran pitcher.  I just would wonder how he would fair in the AL.

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2 years 11 months ago

Its a given he won`t repeat his 1st half line in the AL

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Randy Malm
2 years 11 months ago

Really? So you’re saying that he’s not the best pitcher in baseball and isn’t going to finish with the league’s lowest ERA? I don’t think anyone thought that was going to happen. Doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s still a stud and a winner who is going to help a contender in a big way.

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RKMartin
2 years 11 months ago

Don’t understand why the Cubs would be “willing to absorb salary to facilitate a deal.”  If he’s that much in demand, then its a seller’s market and the Cubs should get decent prospects plus salary relief.  Play it smart Theo and don’t pay any of Dempster’s salary since you probably shouldn’t have to.  Now, Soriano, that’s another story.

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NorthSideIrish
2 years 11 months ago

The more money the Cubs pick up, the better the prospects they can get. That is especially true for teams like the Braves who are on a tight budget. For teams like the Dodgers or Red Sox, they’d rather spend the money and keep the prospects, which is why I’m not sure the Cubs would get the best deal from them.

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Rynocerous
2 years 11 months ago

The more value the Cubs give, the more they can get in return.  Theo & Co. are looking for legitimate pitching prospects who will be major-league ready in ~3 years.  A half year of Dempster might not be enough to get that without some cash thrown in.

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$19253129
2 years 11 months ago

They are willing to eat a majority of his salary to get a better prospects.  

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jb226
2 years 11 months ago

Honestly, the biggest benefit is making him accessible to more teams.  Granted every team would rather not pay for a player than pay for him, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll give you something better (sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t–it also depends on how much cash is involved).  But if you can bring in a team who wants the player but CAN’T take the salary, then THAT is going to drive the bidding up and even teams who can absorb it will have to consider upping their offer.

The Cubs have money.  If they can use it in any way to get a better prospect they’re going to do it, and that’s exactly what they should be doing.

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drodd
2 years 11 months ago

my guess is they trade him to a team that has not been mentioned in any of these rumors. my guess is the A’s

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93sportsfan24
2 years 11 months ago

he has the 10-5 rule. He can block any trade. There is no way he goes from one bad team to another. The teamns that are mentioned are where he’s going.

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NorthSideIrish
2 years 11 months ago

Dempster has full 10-and-5 rights, so he has to approve any trade. He wants to go to a contender, so no way he accepts a deal to Oakland. I think if he goes to a team that hasn’t really been mentioned, it will be the Angels…they can’t feel good about Santana’s performance or Haren’s back injury.

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2 years 11 months ago

Have you checked the standings? OAK is a half game out of the WC… Either way, Oakland has a surplus of pitching and probably not the landing spot for Demp. I think he is still LAD or ATL bound.

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Jeff R
2 years 11 months ago

to heck with Dempster, I want to see the Nats score Greinke…

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natural_light
2 years 11 months ago

 Go post that on a Greinke thread. Besides he is a head case.

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wayn-o
2 years 11 months ago

I like him much better in Atlanta than Grenkie. Other than Hudson they have no veteran leadership & he’s a much more affordable option for their middle-of-the-pack payroll.