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Dodgers make trade proposal to Cubs for Ryan Dempster

Jul 19, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

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According to Bruce Levine of, the Dodgers have made a trade proposal to the Cubs for right-hander Ryan Dempster.

And, well, that’s all we have right now. Talks are said to be “fluid” and it isn’t clear whether top prospect right-hander Zach Lee is included in the Dodgers’ proposal. That seems unlikely, as it would be a pretty hefty price to pay for an impending free agent who can’t be offered arbitration. For Matt Garza? Sure. He’s under team control for another year. But Dempster? Probably not.

The Cubs seem to be preparing for the possibility that a deal, not necessarily with the Dodgers, will go down prior to Dempster’s scheduled start tomorrow tonight against the Cardinals. The club acquired Justin Germano from the Red Sox from cash considerations tonight and have summoned right-hander Casey Coleman from Triple-A Iowa to join the team tomorrow in St. Louis. While it’s no sure thing that a trade will happen by tomorrow night, either pitcher could conceivably start in Dempster’s place.

Dempster, 35, leads the majors with a 1.86 ERA through 14 starts this season and currently holds a 33-inning scoreless streak. He is reportedly drawing interest from a long list of contenders, including the Tigers and Braves. The Red Sox are said to be out of the mix. He has 10-and-5 rights, but has expressed a willingness to be traded to a contender.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of reports that Zach Lee will not be in a deal for a rental like Dempster. That sounds about right.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    He is a solid mid rotation starter, no doubt about that. His peripheral suggest his current ERA is largely a function of luck and will tend to trend upward the rest of the season. As an organization, giving up a top 3 prospect for renting his services seems to be too steep a price. Just my opinion though.

  2. mianfr - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    The Dodgers sure do love to overpay in trades, though…

  3. omniusprime - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    The in-the-dumpster Cubs certainly won’t need Dempster for the playoffs. It would be good if the Dodgers can get another good pitcher, after all pitching has been the Dodger’s calling card for decades. It is so nice to see the Dodgers coming back after that disastrous ownership by Vulture Capitalist McCourt.

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