Cubs, Dodgers Exchanging Names for Dempster … and Other Cubs Rumors

Ryan Dempster may or may not start the opener in St. Louis on Friday night. Rumors have suggested that the Cubs would like to trade Dempster before his next start and rumors surfaced Thursday night that the Dodgers have proposed a trade for Ryan Dempster.

Soon after the Cubs completed the series against the Marlins, news surfaced that a Triple-A pitcher in the Cubs’ system would join up with the big league team in St. Louis just in case Ryan Dempster is traded at some point prior to Friday’s game. Reports quickly popped up that Casey Coleman had been scratched from his start on Thursday night and would join up with the Cubs in St. Louis.

The Cubs quickly quieted those rumors by stating Casey Coleman was meeting up with the team in the event newly acquired Justin Germano could not make it to St. Louis on time for Friday’s game. But according to ESPN Chicago, the Cubs are making contingency plans because talks are fluid and the team is preparing to have replacements in St. Louis this weekend in case a deal is completed for the veteran starter.

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Dodgers have proposed a trade for Ryan Dempster. Levine’s sources are unclear if Zach Lee, the top pitching prospect in the Dodgers’ system, would be included in the deal. Reports last weekend suggested pitchers such as Garrett Gould and Chris Withrow could be in talks for Dempster but the Cubs asking price has apparently gone up. Ken Rosenthal reported that the Dodgers would not include Zach Lee in a deal for a rental, such as Ryan Dempster. The Cubs and Dodgers have exchanged names multiple times according to Jon Paul Morosi and other clubs were involved in talks on Thursday. And that includes the Braves. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs and Braves have discussed “general scenarios” about Dempster but have not gotten real specific.

The Red Sox appear to be out of the talks for Dempster but the Nationals, Tigers and Cardinals are still in the mix.

Ryan Dempster reportedly prefers the Dodgers then the Braves and he controls where he finishes the season.

Other Rumors
Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker are drawing interest according to Ken Rosenthal.

The Red Sox are officially out of the talks for Ryan Dempster according to Jayson Stark but Boston is still in on Matt Garza.

The Pirates and Royals are interested in Paul Maholm according to Bruce Levine.

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  • Neil

    From Buster Olney: In the ever-changing trade landscape:
    The Dodgers and Cubs haven’t found common ground in Dempster talks.
    Other teams being aggressive.

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      • Theboardrider

        No less than Zach Lee from Dodgers. Dempster has the lowest ERA in MLB…

        • Mike Simala

          I agree completely, still think other teams fit better, mostly the Tigers!

  • RynoTiger

    with Toronto just completing a large trade for pitching with the Astros, does that potentially mean there is one less team in play for Dempster or Garza? thoughts?

    • BosephHeyden

      They got JA Happ out of it, so I’d think that eliminates them from Dempster. Problem with Happ is that this will be at least the third pitching coach he’s had in three years, which isn’t likely to help him be consistent. Considering that Happ didn’t do well in his second season with Philly, I’d say Garza just became a really good option to keep the pressure off Happ.

  • Neil

    From Ken Rosenthal: Source: Dempster talks could “drag on a few more days.” Scheduled to pitch for Cubs tonight in St. Louis.

  • Neil

    From Bruce Levine – Dodgers continue hot pursuit of Dempster. Offer still on table. Hoping to get deal done ASAP.

  • Neil

    From Jon Paul Morosi: Source with knowledge of Dodgers – Cubs dialogue says “50/50” chance teams get deal done for Ryan Dempster. Still discussing prospects.

  • Neil

    From Jon Paul Morosi – Cubs dialogue on Ryan Dempster remains heaviest with Dodger. But there’s time for another team to put together an overwhelming offer.

  • mutantbeast

    Keep talking. Id like 1 or 2 of Atls young pitchers. Then trade Garza to TOR for oh, Nicolino and Snydergard. The Dodgers two MLs they want to dump are trash.

  • Neil

    From Jon Paul Morosi – If Cubs trade trade Ryan Dempster to Dodgers they are likely to get one or two young arms in return. Chicago focus is pitching.

    Tonight’s starting lineup was released … and Dempster is in

  • Neil

    From Buster Olney – A handful of teams dabbling in Ryan Dempster trade talks,and some
    proposals have been exchanged. Talk will continue after he starts

  • Neil

    From Jon Paul Morosi: Source: Tigers remain interested in Cubs righty Ryan Dempster – who, by the way, is still scheduled to pitch tonight.

  • Neil

    From Jon Heyman – Nationals said trying hard on Dempster. Braves in, & Tigers may be, too. 1 gm still thinks Dodgers still favorite tho