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Theo Epstein and Ryan Dempster stir up trade speculation with public chat

Jun 14, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

Ryan Dempster AP

There was an odd scene at Wrigley Field yesterday as Cubs president Theo Epstein and right-hander Ryan Dempster had a one-on-one chat while sitting in the stands during batting practice.

Dempster was in uniform and by choosing to have their conversation in public with multiple reporters looking on they had to know that it would create tons of speculation about the Cubs trading the 35-year-old impending free agent.

Dempster revealed only that they “discussed a lot of things and obviously there are a lot of things being talked about … we talked about being on the same page and trying to do what is best for our team.”

However, according to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago the conversation was indeed about potential trades. And because Dempster has the right to block any move as a 10-and-5 player presumably Epstein was laying out various scenarios to gauge his willingness to pitch for other teams.

Terrible run support has kept Dempster from an impressive win-loss record, but he’s started 11 games with a 2.31 ERA and 63/20 K/BB ratio in 74 innings. While perhaps not quite a No. 1 starter Dempster has had a sub-4.00 ERA in four of the past five seasons and would no doubt generate plenty of interest from contenders leading up to July 31.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 14, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    You will be sincerely missed. Best of luck hopefully making the playoffs, Ryan.

    • approvenothing - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Well you know the Rangers are looking for some pitching…

    • rico7207 - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Sure would look great in a Yankee uniform. And a WS to boot.

  2. materialman80 - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Of course he wants to be traded. Who wants to be with the worst professional sports franchise in history? It’s the Cubs….everybody wants out!

    • dexterismyhero - Jun 15, 2012 at 7:41 AM

      Nice try. Idiot.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Maybe Tweeter is coming around at just the right time…..

  4. monsterofyourgirlsmidway - Jun 15, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    please trade him already.

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