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We don’t have to worry too much about Ryan Dempster’s 10/5 rights

Jul 16, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

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Ryan Dempster is a ten year veteran who has been with the same club for five years and that gives him the right to veto trades to anywhere.  That’s often a complication for the team making the trade, but not this time, as he told Ken Rosenthal recently that he’d go to “any contender.”

Rosenthal explains why some contenders may be more appealing to Dempster than others — he’s been in the NL his whole career, for example — but it certainly sounds like he’s going to be pretty amenable to a trade to whatever team wants him.

  1. cur68 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    C’mon AA, make it happen…

    • atworkident - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Are you recruiting him for the Four Horsemen?

      AA? What contender has a GM/ Owner with those initials?

      • cur68 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        Alex Anthopoulos

      • gammagammahey - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        I wish there was a rotation in baseball worth of the Four Horsemen name. Maybe if Harvey and Wheeler pan out for the Mets next year. That sounds like the kind of thing that could be right up R.A. Dickey’s alley.

      • paperlions - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        That’s right ladies and gentlemen, a team 1 game above .500 is only 1.5 games out of the WC race.

      • Jeremiah Graves - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        I can see the pitch right now…

        :: A long black limo rolls up in front of Wrigley Field where Dempster is playing long toss. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and Ole Anderson all step out of the limo wearing $10,000 suits and carrying the greatest collection of wrestling championships in the wolrd today. ::

        Dempster: “Ric Flair? …and the Horsemen? What are you doing here?”
        Arn: “It’s like this Ryan, we’re giving you the opportunity to join the most dominant force in the wrestling world today, the Four Horsemen.”

        :: Arn holds up four fingers and nods. Dempster seems unsure of what to do. ::

        Ole: “Listen here you snot-nosed son of a bit…”
        Flair: “Take it easy Ole, take it easy…I could see why Ryan would be a bit hesitant, he’s never played for a real winner. He’s never been on top of the world. He’s never had the success that we’ve grown accustomed to…but, brother…when you ride with the Horsemen, you ride…woooooooooooooooo…first class all the way.”
        Dempster: “Well…that does sound kinda nice…”
        Flair: “Woooooooooo, that’s right, baby. The Horsemen are the best thing going…TODAY. Limousines. Private jets. Penthouse suites. And all the ladies you can possibly handle, my brother…wooooooooooooo.”
        Tully: “So what do you say, Dempster…are you with us…or are you against us?”
        Dempster: “…against you?! Can’t I just not be with you?!”

        :: The Horsemen all look at each other tentatively before pouncing on Dempster and beating him within an inch of his life. They leave him in a bloody heap in the outfield. ::

        :: Ryan Dempster is put on the 15-day DL with a serious case of ass whoopin’ and his trade value vanishes. ::

        Flair: “To hell with the Cubs…wooooooooooooooooooo!!”

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        Dempster’s value might be maximised if he agree to a contract extension with the team he is joining. His value to AA is that he is pitching very well and he is a Canadian. If the Jays get him and extend him for 2 years, by the time that contract is over, the dynamic young pitchers playing for the Lansing Lugnuts, might be ready for prime time.

      • ajcardsfan - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        Do you think the Blue Jays are contenders now or if they took Dempster?

      • cur68 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Have you seen the AL Beast standings? After the Yankees there is a half game between the rest of the teams. Those teams are are each about 1.5 games out of the WC berth. Across the AL right now, its any team that can land pitching and that can produce runs, with the best chance to grab that spot. The Beaver Men rank only behind The Rangers (The Rangers!!) in run production. You tell me: are they in contention now? Are they in contention with another quality starter? Isn’t both statements true?

        Fact is, their prolific offence, some OutOfTheirMind pitching by Cecil & Villaneuva, the BP trio of Oliver, Frasor & Jansen, and some clever lineup juggling by Farrel has them still in it. Another starter who can keep the ER down below 4, backed by that crew of mashers ought to propel them past everyone but the Yankees and land them that berth.

        Dempster. Dempster NOW, AA.

  2. brad18cubs - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Whoever lands Dempster will not only get a good contributor on the field, but the clubhouse too. He’s a class act. We will miss him in Chicago.

    • dadawg77 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Well, he may not be missed in Chicago, as he could end up seeing the city from a new side.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Well said. It’s been nothing short of an absolute pleasure to have Ryan on our team. A talented guy and a good person. I’m not looking forward to this inevitable trade, as much as we’ll likely get some good young talent back.

  3. watermelon1 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Orioles… you might not be able to call yourselves contenders for much longer. Better hop on this QUICK while you’re still in the wildcard race and hope he sticks to his word and lets the trade go through!

    Sure, someone on the team needs to start hitting if you’re going to win games. But nobody can deny that Baltimore needs pitching more than any other team in the game.

  4. delusionalcubsfan - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    That’s the kind of team player Dempster is: he’ll accept a trade to a contender because he knows it’s best for the Cubs. I know players with 10/5 are well within their rights to decline a trade but this is a refreshing change from other Cubs stars like Derrick Lee and Aramis Ramirez who both turned down trades to contenders in the past two seasons. It’s hard for the team to get better when their own trade chips won’t accept the trade.

    Dempster is a class act all around. He’ll be missed by his teammates and the fans. I hold out a glimmer of hope that maybe he could come back as a free agent. His leadership around the young guys sets a great example and many young guys have publicly thanked him in the press. The Cubs placed Anthony Rizzo’s locker next to Dempster’s for a reason.

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