CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 22: Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Atlanta Braves on August 22, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Except they didn't! Because Dempster didn't want to go to the Braves!
That's what Twitter said, anyway.
Then, with just a few hours remaining until the non-waivers trade deadline, the Cubs traded Ryan Dempster to the Dodgers.
Except they didn't! Because they didn't! Not yet, anyway. The latest (at this moment, anyway):
According to at least one report, the Cubs are holding out for hot pitching prospect Allen Webster, and to this point the Dodgers haven't been willing to include him in a deal. You can't really blame either team, as Webster's only 22 and throws an easy low- to mid-90s fastball. On the other hand, he's now pitched 186 innings in Class AA and sports a 4.46 ERA at that level. So he's hardly a sure thing.