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UPDATE: Ryan Dempster traded to the Braves for Randall Delgado — maybe

Jul 23, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

UPDATE: Dave Kaplan of is reporting that Dempster has not yet approved the trade, as he must, as a 10-5 guy.  Dempster himself tweeted from his own Twitter account that there is no trade, at least not yet.  It’d be weird for this many reporters to report this much on such a deal from disparate sources if it wasn’t expected to happen, but stay tuned!

2:25 PM: All indications are that Randall Delgado is, in fact, the player going to Chicago.

2:10 PM:  Mark Bowman of confirms that Dempster is coming to Atlanta. The player(s) in return are not yet confirmed. Bowman suspects that the deal may involve Randall Delgado. Delgado is 4-9 with a 4.42 ERA on the year, though he is just 22 and is still considered an excellent prospect.

1:57 PM: Jon Heyman reports that the pitcher in question is Ryan Dempster. No word yet on who goes back to Chicago if that is, in fact, the deal.

Dempster gave up four runs over six innings the other night and saw his 33-inning scoreless streak come to an end. But he’s still been crazy-solid on the year. He’s 5-4 with a 2.11 ERA with 77 strikeouts and 27 walks in 98 innings and a WHIP of 1.051. And he’s been even better on the road than he has been in Wrigley.

1:56 PM: We don’t know who it is yet, but …

Whoever it is, it’s needed. The Braves have one of the worst rotations in the National League. Certainly the worst among contenders, and something needs to give.

  1. johnnyb1976 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Wandy Rodriguez?

  2. Walk - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    The dodgers just gave up on dempster. Price was too high for a rent a player, and dodgers are now targetting garza who has options beyond this year. Braves are likely targetting dempster because he has pitched for their current manager. Bad move. Cubs get to sell high, no way dempster keeps pitching like he has been and may not be in atlanta after this year. Need to see what atlanta has to give up but this has disaster written all over it.

    • hitandrun96 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      When did he pitch for Fredi Gonzalez?

      • Walk - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:24 AM

        1999-2001 fredi was an assistant on marlins

  3. thomas2727 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Of course the Dodgers are out. They remember Dempster walking 7 of them in 4 2/3 innings in Game 1 of the 2008 NLDS right before James Loney blasted a Grand Slam into the wind to almost dead center field.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      And that’s exactly what would happen every time Dempster took the mound for the Dodgers. Especially since James Loney would somehow bat against him.

      Dodged a bullet there!

      • thomas2727 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM


      • comeonnowguys - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        Translation: I have no witty response.

    • Jeremy Fox - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Ned Colletti may not be a great GM, but I’m pretty sure he didn’t decide anything about a potential Dempster trade based on how Dempster once pitched against the Dodgers 4 years ago.

  4. crispybasil - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

    • baseballisboring - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      I can’t imagine what baseball was like before you could trade players. I mean, really? The same 25 guys all year? Sure, it saved a lot of baseless speculation that would’ve annoyed fans back then as well, but damnit, this is a fun time of year.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        Actually, back in the 1800s, before club owners invented the reserve clause, a team was little more than 9 players and they were all free agents and could — and did — bounce from team to team at will.

  5. gmagic9044 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    As a Braves fan, I can only hope the Cubs re-acquired Chip Caray in this deal.

    • baned0n - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      We better get 3 top prospects then.

      • hcf95688 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        Guess again

  6. natinals10 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM


  7. El Bravo - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    F yeah. We’re coming for you Nats!

  8. baseballisboring - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Good for the Cubs. I’m a Red Sox fan who still loves Theo, so I have a bit of a rooting interest in them. He’s made a few exciting moves already, and if Delgado develops as expected, that’s a huge coup for 2 months of a good pitcher who’s pitching way over his head.

    That said, I still think it’s a good deal for the Braves. They very well may miss Delgado one day, but I’m in favor of trades for rental players as long as it actually addresses a weakness and has the potential to get a team over the hump, and they’re not gutting their farm system to do it. Braves will be fine without him in the long run, and like Craig said their rotation hasn’t been good. They’re 3.5 out of the division and 1 out of the wild card spot, so I like this move from both ends.

  9. lanflfan - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    I’m pretty happy the Dodgers passed on Dempster. Not enough upside or upgrade to justify sending out young arms.

    I’m guessing Kasten has Needle Head Ned reined in pretty good, because with McAsshat running the show a Dempster trade/overpay is right in Colletti’s veterany goodness wheelhouse. He probably would have given the Cubs 3 top prospects for 3 months and maybe a postseason for Dempster. So glad that demon was exorcised.

  10. jkaflagg - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Remember last year when Delgado ( along with Minor, Vizcaino & Teheran) were considered ” untouchable” at the trading deadline ? A year later and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say all 4 have declined in value….sometimes it’s best to sell high, before people begin to realize that your ” can’t miss” prospects can indeed miss……

  11. foreverchipper10 - Jul 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    The only teams in the NL with a worse starters ERA than Atlanta are the Astros and Rockies. This is needed if it happens.

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