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Ryan Dempster runs scoreless streak to 33 innings in win over Diamondbacks

Jul 14, 2012, 4:18 PM EST

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Ryan Dempster continues to do wonders for his trade value. In his second start back after missing three weeks with a strained right lat muscle, Dempster tossed six shutout innings this afternoon as part of a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. He now has a career-high 33-inning scoreless streak dating back to May 30 against the Padres.

Dempster’s scoreless streak is the longest in the majors this season, topping R.A. Dickey‘s 32 2/3 inning streak from May 22-June 13. It’s also the longest scoreless streak by any Cubs’ pitcher since Ken Holtzman had a 33-inning scoreless streak of his own back in 1969.

Dempster, an impending free agent, currently leads the majors with a 1.86 ERA and has a solid 75/25 K/BB ratio across 92 innings. The 35-year-old has earned ten-and-five rights, so he has the ability to block any trade, but he has indicated that he’s willing to accept a deal in the right situation. The Dodgers have been mentioned frequently as a potential suitor.

  1. redguy12588 - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    A good rental player is still a rental player. The dodgers wouldn’t even get a comp pick for him. I can’t see him being worth any teams top 10 prospect.

    • paperlions - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      For most organizations, he’s worth any of their top 4-10 prospects….most of those guys will never be MLB regulars. He isn’t worth a top 50 overall prospect….those guys have a decent combo of ceiling and likelihood of reaching it….but for a team that needs pitching, he’s probably worth just about any other prospect.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    He is 35. He is a rental. He is having a great year. He should still get the Cubs a couple of devent prospects.

    • redguy12588 - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      Rentals aren’t worth as much anymore with the new CBA.

    • bigleagues - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Another way to look at this is perhaps “rentals” are less likely to happen . . . and that the Cubs will seek to trade Dempster to a team that Dempster feels comfortable signing with.

      Which is likely why there have been reports of Theo having very public conversations with Dempster about the status of potential deals.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:37 PM

        Good point.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:40 PM

        bigleagues is implying that the team that gets Dempster will also have to negotiate a new contract with him. One other consideration that points to that outcome is that Dempster probably wants to have a contract in place prior to pitching for Canada in the World Baseball Classic. A contract would protect him in case of an injury in the WBC.

      • bigleagues - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:44 PM

        ALSO a good point.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Yankees should take him for a few months. In need of a 5th starter.

  4. hoopmatch - Jul 14, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    At 35, he’s not likely to get a huge free agent contract, so any team that “rents” him should have a decent chance of signing him for two or three years. It’s not like trading for Hamels or Greinke.

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