Dodgers 'Close' On Ryan Dempster Trade; 3-Way Deal Possible

The Ryan Dempster saga enters its fourth day (he was nearly traded to the Atlanta Braves on Monday) with Dempster still officially a Chicago Cub.

That could change soon, though, says CSN Chicago's David Kaplan:

Team Theo and Co. are looking at a number of scenarios, with sources telling me this afternoon that a multi-team trade that would send Ryan Dempster to his preferred destination, the Los Angeles Dodgers while netting the Cubs a handful of prospects built around starting pitching is getting closer to happening.

This is all happening because Dempster exercised his 10-and-5 rights and vetoed a deal that would have sent him to the Braves, after which:

Epstein reportedly was livid when the deal with the Braves fell through and it appears for good reason as a handful of scouts that I spoke with in other organizations felt that the Cubs had made a tremendous deal getting Randall Delgado for essentially a two-to-three month rental.

There are now fewer than five days until the non-waiver trading deadline, which hits at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Stay tuned.

For more on the Cubs, please visit Bleed Cubbie Blue and SB Nation Chicago.

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