Ryan Dempster was supposed to be traded to the Atlanta Braves a week ago, but he exercised his 10-and-5 rights and is still a member of the Chicago Cubs, tentatively listed as the Cubs’ starter Tuesday against the Pirates.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have also expressed interest in Dempster, and that still could happen:
Meantime, the Cubs-Dodgers talks regarding Dempster trundle along. They’re still at it…
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 30, 2012
And, that deal, if it happens, could possibly include another highly-paid Cub:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2012
If the Cubs come back to the Braves, they might not get the same package that was in place before Dempster blocked a trade to Atlanta last week. In other words, there is no guarantee Randall Delgado would also be available in this package.
It seems likely Dempster will go somewhere, as he’s not likely to be re-signed by the Cubs and they’d like to get some sort of return for him.