Even though Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster knows that he could be traded in July, team president Theo Epstein says that he has talked to the pitcher about remaining in Chicago beyond 2012, writes Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun-Times. Epstein said that there has been open dialogue and the two sides could possibly work out a new contract.
"Long term, sure. We’ll have to take a realistic look at where we are," Epstein said.
Dempster, 35, is in his ninth season with the Cubs and in the final year of a four-year, $52MM deal. The veteran has a 2.14 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 through eight games this season and is likely the Cubs' most attractive trade chip.