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Ryan Dempster may have made final start for Cubs

Jul 15, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

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ESPN’s Buster Olney is among those who believe Ryan Dempster made his final Cubs start Saturday, when he extended his scoreless-inning streak to 33.

The Cubs might be in more of a hurry to move Dempster not just because his value is at a high point but also to help clear the way for a Matt Garza deal at the end of the month. If Dempster is already off the market, it could conceivably lead to more demand for Garza, who has increased value because he’s under control for 2013.

ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine says 10 teams are showing interest in Dempster, including the Braves, Dodgers, Indians, Tigers, White Sox and Yankees. Levine reports that, beyond young pitching, the Cubs would like to pick up a third-base prospect in a deal. The Tigers, with Nick Castellanos, could best fulfill the Cubs’ wishes there, though it’s unlikely they’d give him up for Dempster. Likewise, it seems doubtful the Indians would surrender Lonnie Chisenhall in return for Dempster.

Dempster is 5-3 with a 1.86 ERA in 92 innings this season. Since he’s spent 10 years in the league and five with the Cubs, he can veto any trade. However, he is expected to approve a deal.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Boy, Ryan Dempster would be perfect for the Indians. Put him in between Jimenez and Masterson, and with that defense, he would do very well.

    • 2dmo4 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      You forgot that Jimenez blows this year.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:09 PM

        He’s been much better since June. 7 straight Quality Starts before yesterday’s game. He’s keeping Indians in the game, and cutting down his walks.

  2. jpat2424 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Class act!!

  3. watermelon1 - Jul 15, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I heard the Orioles talk up their 3rd base prospect Josh Bell for what seemed like years. Perhaps they can swing a deal for some pitching…

    • Travis Reitsma - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      He was traded to Arizona in April for a minor-league pitcher with little upside. Bell’s not a prospect anymore–he’s never shown the consistent ability to hit.

  4. jrocknstuff - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    If I were Baltimore I’d offer up Chris Davis. Sacrifice a bat considering how bad the rotation looks

  5. iainrwb - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Gotta love the Cubs refusal to get giddy about the recent good form.

    • istillbelieveinblue - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:38 AM

      Despite their recent run, the Cubs are still 13 games out of a wild card slot, needing to leap over 7 teams to get the second wild card. Theo and Jed are sticking to their plan.

  6. istillbelieveinblue - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Demp will be sorely missed. Hendry picked him up off the scrap heap after Tommy John surgery and he’s been great. He will not only be an outstanding pitcher for whoever gets him, but also will be a great veteran presence in the clubhouse and in the community. Hopefully Theo and Jed can get good value for him, then work out a new contract this winter. :)

  7. seeinred87 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    I would be shocked and disappointed if the Tigers traded Castellanos for Dempster.

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