Ten Teams Have Shown Interest In Ryan Dempster

A total of ten teams have shown "legitimate interest" in acquiring Ryan Dempster according to ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine. Among those ten teams are the Dodgers, Tigers, Yankees, Braves, Indians, and White Sox.

The Cubs are willing to pay part of the approximately $7MM owed to Dempster through the end of the season in order to receive better prospects via trade. Levine says Chicago has begun to scout the lower levels of every farm system in earnest, and they seek young pitching as part of any trade. A highly regarded third base prospect is also high on their list.

Dempster, 35, extended his scoreless streak to 33 innings with six shutout innings today, lowering his season ERA to 1.86. With both Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels reportedly due to receive extension offers before the trade deadline, Dempster could be the best starter realistically available this summer.

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  1. TophersReds 3 years ago

    EVERYBODY is interested! 

  2. I hope he gets his shot at a World Series ring. 

  3. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

    If the Cubs manage to turn this 14 Million Dollar Pitcher into a decent return…

    Harry Caray Voice – Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Everybody.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

       Don’t take this wrong, cause loved Harry when he was doing those Cubbie games, but he was a lot more fun to listen to after he had broadcast that inning from the CF bleachers and taken in a pint (or 2) and was in a jovial mood.. He held nothing back then.

      Have a very hard time understanding how anybody couldn’t have been a Cub fan to some degree if they listened to Harry for any length of time.

      His voice, the gravel voice of Jim Woods for various teams, there will never be any like them again.

      • JakeD 3 years ago

        Ron Santo was the same way after the Cubs would be losing 12-1 in the fifth inning.

      • Eric Foster 3 years ago

        You knew the Old Style’s were starting to take over once “Ryne Dunston” came to the plate.
        A slurred Jody Davis song, and another 7 beers-
        Next thing you know, only 1 in ever 15 words is even remotely coherent.
        Steve Stone earned his money those days…

        • Red_Line_9 3 years ago

          Oh man…..when Rafael Palmeiro came to the plate…he’d butcher half the name…give up and then talk about Pete the Greek who was sitting behind the dugout….or he’d be off on an Arne Harris story.  “PPPPOPPPED IT UP!” or  “Steve….Luis Salazar is from Latin America…you’d think he’d be used to the sun. How could he drop that ball”

    • Red_Line_9 3 years ago

      Dempster does that killer Harray Caray voice….I wonder if he does Jimmy Piersall as well. 

  4. The Braves could really use another steady veteran in Dempster.  The Cubs are going to have to pay a sizable portion of his salary but I wonder if a package built around Delgado and 2 other low level guys could get it done.

    • I bet it could.  If Dempster had pitched all year for a contender, he might have 10 wins already.  I love the guy but the trade needs to happen already.

    • cubsfan97 3 years ago

      Honestly, I’d take Delgado straight up, but if you wanna throw in a few other arms go for it!

    • TheFallenSoldier 3 years ago

      I think the cubs want a better prospect than delgado….

      •  They may want more but you gotta remember the Braves get nothing when he leaves as a FA after the season.  The value for rental players went down a lot.

        • TheFallenSoldier 3 years ago

          Still the cubs have a lot of offers and they are looking for more major league ready talent, a 23 year old in high A ball isnt close to that. 

          • Delgado is 22, and he’s pitched in 16 games this year…

          • TheFallenSoldier 3 years ago

            Thats my fault, i was looking at the wrong delgado. 

          • Always refreshing when anonymous board people own up to small mistakes.  Well done, sir.

    • Cubs wouldn’t have a problem paying most of Dempter’s contract. And yes, I believe a Dempster + cash for Delgado+ would without a doubt get it done.

  5. I thought cashman was quoted in not being interested in making trades by the deadline. what happened? now their interested?

  6. Jorden 3 years ago

     “The Cubs are willing to pay part of Dempsters salary in order to
    receive better prospects” – Same reason the Dodgers passed on Youkilis.

    • Sure, but you can never have enough pitching. The trouble with the Cubs’ thinking in part may be that Dempster is 35.

      • I don’t see what his age has to do with the “Cubs thinking”?  Can you explain what you mean?

        • On that, it may have to do with what kind of prospects can be expected for a player who is likely a rental.

          • Eric Foster 3 years ago

            Beltran for Wheeler.
            Supply and demand.
            The Cubs won’t pull off that kind of return, but they’ll get someone’s top 5-10 prospect.

  7. Seth Yerington 3 years ago

    Hope the Yankees stay away….don’t need to see this clown walk 7 batters in the ALDS.  

  8. The Cubs need a guy who is ready for the rotation now.  I mean, if Demp is traded, do they stick Volstad, Casey Coleman, or Randy Wells back in there?  Gross.  They also are moving Trey McNutt to the bullpen, so there goes another possible starter, who was billed as their best frontline starter prospect.  Delgado yes.  Don’t count out the White Sox making a strong play for Dempster either.  Danks is in limbo right now.  How about that lefty Pedro Hernandez (who just got moved up to AAA & has thrown well) that the Sox got from San Diego for Quentin, and AAA lefty Charlie Leesman, low profile guys I know, but hmmmm.  The White Sox also have hard throwing relievers up the wazoo, like Santiago or maybe that Rienzo guy.  Dempster & Camp for three of them.  Cubs need volume.  The White Sox pretty much almost have to go for it this year with their team built the way it is, so. 

    • CHendershott 3 years ago

      I could get behind that, Dempster and Camp would be huge for the White Sox. Just know that the WSox will not be trading anyone from their ML roster, or at least no more than one bullpen arm. I’d be willing to part with anyone outside Reed or Jones. And it’s pretty much a given that Thornton won’t go, they need to add veterans, not subtract.

    • Eric Foster 3 years ago

      The White Sox have no one in their bare pantry system that would interest the Cubs.
      Kenny could get Camp for an organizational filler type prospect. 
      But, not any of the Cubs major trade chips.

      Yes, the Cubs are about to trot some real chumps out there. We’ll likely see quite a bit of Randy Wells and Chris Volstad.
      We’re not meant to compete this year, so it’s a lost cause.
      Take the prospects and the #1 draft pick next year.

      As for McNutt, the move to the bullpen was overdue.
      I was really hoping he could start, but he’s just in no way economical with his pitches. He could close one day.

      However, other than Maples, the most promising arms in the system came from this years draft.

  9. Guest 3 years ago

    As a Cubs fan, this anticipation leading up to the trade deadline is awesome.  

    • drabidea 3 years ago

      Normally I would say get ready for the let down but I have a feeling some team out there will pay too much for these rental players so you may be right.

      • wrong. Theo will go for another failed 5th starter  reclamation project as long as he was a first-round draft pick 4 or 5 years ago.

        • petrie000 3 years ago

          you seem to be laboring under the misguided impression that any team but the Marlins had any real interest in 2011-era Carlos Zambrano…

          With the current market and so few real sellers out there, The Cubs probably will make out like bandits this deadline.

    • Eric Foster 3 years ago


  10. jrodhard 3 years ago

    I’m sure the cubs would pay every penny of dempster’s salary to get the best possible return for him, be it in volume and/or higher end prospects. don’t believe for a second that a team won’t give up whatever it takes to win now, be it for dempster or grienke or anyone else, regardless of what they might get or not get in 2013. A GM who wins a world series can buy himself years on a contract and plenty of mulligans if he can get that ring for his organization.

    • And this includes so many more teams with the extra WC.  While I’m not a fan at all of the extra WC, I think it will certainly help the Cubs maximize return this year.  

    • sdsuphilip 3 years ago

      Dempster isn’t putting a team over the top for a world series, Grienke or Hamels might tho.

      • natural_light 3 years ago

         Yeah guy you are right that is why 1/3 of all major league teams are interested in trading for RYAN DEMPSTER!

        • drabidea 3 years ago

          They are interested because it will cost the team less for Dempster. Most of the teams are going to ask what the cubs want and they will say get bent. There will be one team that falls for Hoyer’s plan and overpay for him, the rest are just looking for a cheap pitcher.

      • Ryan Dempster if nothing else is an innings eater, however…who will keep your bullpen fresh.

        • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

           That is a valuable commodity as the teams enter the final months of the season.  Dempster is a bit more than ‘innings eater’-he has actually put up a string of 33 scoreless innings.  Not too shabby considering he’s been trade rumor mill grist for a couple of months now.  He also has playoff experience and bullpen experience.  He would be a big help to a lot of pitching staffs.

          It’s nice that the Cubs are going to honor Dempster’s 10-5 year rights.  Um, don’t they have to?

          • gothamgator 3 years ago

            and a 1.86 ERA on the year

      • Eric Foster 3 years ago

        Grienke can’t handle a big stage.

        Hamels will cost twice as much as Dempster, and provide the same results.
        Dempster is at the top of his game. He’s the better option.

  11. yankees get:dempster-dejesus
    cubs get:adam warren,ramiro pena,darnell mcdonald, low a pitcher
    yes no????

    • So…Cubs get zero of the Yanks top ten prospects?  Really?

      Come back with something realistic.

      • gothamgator 3 years ago

         wait, the yankees actually still have “prospects” in their system?

      • sportsnut969 3 years ago

        It would be more like 
        Slade Heathcott / Dante Bichette / Adam Warren / Bryan Mitchell 

        For those 2 guys Dempster-Dejesus And I’m not for sure DeJesus is a real need.

        So a real offer for a 2 month rental with the Yankees paying the rest of Dempster contract may be Heathcott or Bichette + Warren  just for Dempster.

        The Cubs will not receive a top 5 prospect type for a Rental that will average a 4 + ERA in the American league JMHO but the previous offer was a joke IMHO McDonald LOL.

        Now in Cleveland who is very interested in Dempster and Soriano in the right deal there is a rumor that The Cubs and Indians have been talking various different types of deals involving several different players that would solve most of the issues the Indians are currently looking to fill the latest rumors floating around and reported on 92.3 The fan has the following being talked about.

        The Cubs get The indians top 2 prospect SS Francisco Lindor # 1 prospect / Dillon Howard Starter and #2 Prospect as well as Chen Lee 1st base Prospect W/ AAA Infielder Jason Donald and major League ready Starter Jeanmar Gomez. 

        The Indians receive Dempster + 3 mil toward the 7 mil owed this year Soriano + 30 mil of the remaining 44 mil owed on his contract + Jeff Samardzija & Dan Vogelbach Cubs 2nd round draft pick from 2011 ( I think he would need to be a Play To Be Named depending on his signing date last year ).

        • petrie000 3 years ago

          you had me until Samardzija was mentioned as going to the Indians. I think the Cubs are still high on him at this point and wouldn’t include him in a deal that brings back a 1b and an ss prospect. Those are pretty much the only two positions the Cubs seem set on at the major league level for the next 5 years.

          • ECDevils 3 years ago

             I agree that the Cubs would be selling low on Samardzija in the rumored Indians trade proposal. It would be fairly reasonable if the Indians removed Jason Donald and added another descent to high upside pitching prospect with the Cubs providing more salary relief/or an additional prospect. However, I wanted to point out that Chen Lee is actually a 25 yo rhp. According to MLB top 20 prospect for each team (beginning of season) Chen Lee is ranked 6th and has an outstanding fastball with plus movement and deceptive delivery along with a solid slider. Also from the Cubs perspective, they should definitely try to acquire SS Francisco Lindor. He has outstanding potential, and since SS is a premier position the Cubs could always trade a top tier SS prospect for other needs down the road. 

          • sportsnut969 3 years ago

            Chen is also a catcher and Lindor is 3 years off and is thought will move to 3rd or LF by the time he makes it to the majors.

            I thought the same about Samardzja and totally agree if there is any truth to this there must be someone else involved.

            The original rumors I had heard was the Indians in on Garza IMHO Dempster in the American league will drive his ERA above 4.5.

            So I’m not that interested in Dempster.

            But Soriano will solve the LF issue & I like Dan Vogelbach as a prospect.

          • petrie000 3 years ago

            If i’m not mistaken the Indians have a fairly well stocked farm system, don’t they?

            If they’re interested in Dempster/Garza, Samardzija AND Soriano…. well, that could be a hell of a blockbuster, wouldn’t it?

    • Dynasty22 3 years ago


    • ultimate913 3 years ago

       No point in Yanks even getting involved. Like David said above, it would take top prospects. With Sabathia coming back on Tuesday and Pettitte early September, there is no need for him. Especially at that price.

    • Eric Foster 3 years ago

      Not even close.

  12. bigpat 3 years ago

    Pirates please!!!


    • What would the Pirates be offering, in your opinion?  They have a few A prospects and then a gap.  Quite a few B-/C+ guys or very young high upside guys.  

  13. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    not 9 teams, and not 11 teams…but 10 teams exactly 

  14. I would love to see him with the Blue Jays but … I don’t want them to sacrifice a ton of future prospects in order to get a chance to maybe play ONE playoff game this season!  But they certainly could use some sort of starter, given the ridiculous amount of injuries to the staff.

  15. Unless Dempster agrees to an extension before the trade goes down, I don’t see the Cubs getting any significant haul, at least not from the Jays.  ~60 innings is generally speaking NOT worth a top prospect.

  16. Dempster is 35.  He’s a player for the immediate present, for a team trying to get there this year almost exclusively.  Thinking past that is thinking too much.  Dempster is perfect for teams like the Pirates & White Sox who have found themselves in the middle of a race.  Braves too I think, because they’d love to get to the WS one last time for Chipper.  Pirates have desperation on their side, the White Sox have that & tons of volume pitching prospect wise, and the Braves have guys like Minor & Delgado who are just there, very average or below after formerly being top prospects.  Just my thoughts.

    • probably true, but Dempster is also a machine with his work ethic and has generally been healthy since his tommy john, he might have several good years left. Nobody is Jamie Moyer, but I can see demp pitching til 40.

    • gothamgator 3 years ago

      I’ll give you Minor being average (though if it wasn’t for his propensity to give up the damn long ball, he’d actually be having a pretty solid year… so many solo HRs).

      On the other hand, Delgado should still be considered a top prospect. He’s going through some growing pains (he’s 22), sure, but still has top of the rotation written all over him. He’s young, and probably could’ve used another year in aaa to develop. He’s been very streaky in his time with the big club this year, but when he’s been on, he’s thrown a few gems.

  17. sourbob 3 years ago

    All-purpose trade discussion comment. (Feel free to clip and save for later use!)

    “Sure, we’d take [desirable player], but no way are we giving up [list of top prospects] and the other team would have to cover his salary. We’ll give you [fading prospect too old for his level], [bench player nobody wants], or [major league player who doesn’t fit your needs.]”

    • excellent

    • BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      Your job here is done!

    • clark182 3 years ago

      You forgot to add, “If you don’t take that package, we’ll just pick up [player who has been picked up and waived multiple time this year or has been available all season]”

  18. slyfox1908 3 years ago

    With the chance of Greinke and/or Hamels getting extended, and this many teams bidding, I’m not sure the price is going to be all that low.

  19. The reason why Greinke’s price is high is because the Brewers are still at the fringe of being in the playoff hunt. Cole Hamels’ price will remain high because he is left-handed.

  20. Red_Line_9 3 years ago

    Yep..Dempster is the Market Pantry or Great Value brand of this free agent season.

  21. stl_cards16 3 years ago

    That is not what’s going on………..sorry

  22. Wesley Clark 3 years ago

    Does Colin Powell know about baseball trades?

  23.  Not sure Cards would be interested but they have a blocked 3rd base prospect in Cox and several good pitchers in Double A in Maness and Castillo that they could deal and not hurt the farm system.

  24. johnsilver 3 years ago

     If playing poker and Dempster was a card? he would be the 3 of Clubs, or some other lowly card…

  25. PileOfSandwich 3 years ago

    You ever hear of this guy David Freese? 

  26.  He hit .293 with 10 HR’s after being promoted to AA last year in his first full year of pro ball. Got off to slow start this year at AAA but he’s still better than any 3rd base prospect that  Cubs have (Vitter). 

  27. CubsFan5 3 years ago

    Javier Baez may be a few years off, but so are the Cubs. If anything they let Vitters sweat it out at 3rd, or rotate a couple guys there. The Cubs are going to target pitching with their up coming trades IMO. 

  28. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    if hamels was right handed with the same results there would be the same interest.

  29. However, the Phillies are much closer to seller status. As of this morning, they are 12 games out of the second wild-card spot. Milwaukee is 8 back, right at the fringe.

  30. natural_light 3 years ago

     Are you staring into Theo’s crystal balls right now?

  31. Greinke and Hamels are both 28.

  32.  No way.  They still have to be somewhat competitive.  Hoyer just said it.

  33. You know, saying the Cubs need a pitcher to pitch, and maybe keep them in a game, and maybe be a piece of the future is not anything but common sense.  Wanting to be in the game doesn’t mean they think they have a chance at the World Series?  It’s how you play the game.  You can’t go out on to the field every day thinking you don’t have much of a shot.  Yeah some Cubs fans get it, that rebuilding is a process, but the casual fan wants to wave that W flag and have another beer & think the Cubs could get back into it.

  34. drabidea 3 years ago

    He is just saying that to keep a positive attitude in the clubhouse and keep his players competing for trade value

  35. are you like 12 years old, jjs? listen to redbirdsteve and drabidea.

  36. Eric Foster 3 years ago

    I’d like to see Vitters continue to thrive in AAA. He’s finally learning a little bit of plate patience, and he’s always made consistent contact.

    However, I would like to see Vitters at 3rd in 2013. 

    He’s also taken some reps in left field. Worst case scenerio, if he can rake we have a trade chip or an outfielder.

    Baez will be the one at the hot corner for years to come.

  37. Um, sheilendr?  Be quiet.  Despite Cubs fans be notoious for showing up to watch the world’s worst team, winning 20 out of 70 might be an issue.  If you follow baseball in Chicago at all, and have a brain capable of objective & rational thought, you know what is happening to the Cubs is a process.  Thanks for wisening me up.  That being said, the trainwrecks Volstad & Wells have been will not be continued.  Wells didn’t make it out of the 2nd yesterday at AAA.  Fans might have an issue being nearly out of the game before the bottom of the second everytime a guy pitches.  Sorry if the knowitalls want to suppress intelligent conversation.       

  38. Dempster>>>Millwood
    Cards bias alive and well

  39. nictonjr 3 years ago

    Jamie Moyer is also an alternative to Dempster and will cost no prospects. 

    Neither Trevor Rosenthal nor Joe Kelly were among the Cards top 10 pre season prospects.  I think the Cubs would take those 2 non top 10 prospects for Dempster… 

  40.  look, you should hope they DON’T pick up a MLB-ready pitcher, because anyone they get in that class for dempster is going to be crap, like Volstad. The only way to get any value out of trading dempster is to get minor leaguers who MIGHT be crap or might e great.

  41. petrie000 3 years ago

    Hoyer’s statement was lip service, and every Cubs fan paying any sort of attention knows the Cubs have already given up on this year. Trading Dempster for a major league level picture is literally a waste of an invaluable trade chip. The Cubs wants players under team control for years to come so they can make a multi-year run at a world series.

    As a Cubs fan i’d be livid if i saw management waste a trade chip like Dempster on a pointless attempt to get back to .500 this year.

  42. Yeah but if you’ve got 4-5-6-7 of clubs in your hand that 3 is AWFULLY valuable to you…

  43. lolpods 3 years ago

     yeah..no. and i’m a sox fan.

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