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Ryan Dempster is withholding approval of the trade because he got “blindsided”

Jul 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

Dale Sveum may want to say that the Ryan Dempster-to-Atlanta trade was a “fabrication” and an invention of “the Twitters,” and Dempster himself may want to say “THERE IS NO TRADE,” but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN is reporting that (a) the trade was very real; (b) Dempster initially suggested that he would approve of it; but (c) got mad when, before being told it was done by the Cubs, word leaked out to the media:

 

 

Actually, sounds more like something players should learn to deal with. Because this kind of thing is going to happen from time to time, especially when you have two teams, a player, an agent and possibly more people in the loop.

It’s one thing if a player’s first whiff of news that he may be traded comes from the media. But if what Crasnick says is true, and Dempster was approached about going to the Braves initially and suggested it was acceptable, he’s just having a temper tantrum.

  1. unlost1 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    1. it’s the medias job to find out leaks.
    2. it doesn’t matter.

  2. chiadam - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Dempster is acting like a baby. Professional sports (especially trades) are a fluid business. Isn’t that what players always tell us? So stop acting like a silly little girl, approve the trade, and move along down the road. Unless he’s afraid of the pressure of a playoff race.

    • hittfamily - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      Maybe he doesn’t want his kids exposed to the bigotry and intolerance of the south. Maybe he doesn’t want to contribute to the water shortage in Atlanta. Maybe he is afraid of hurricanes and tornados.

      Maybe he wants to live in a state with a high income tax. Maybe he wants to play in front of fans who cut out the tongues of opposing fans. Maybe he wants his kids to go to school with Charlie Sheens. Maybe he’d rather play for Magic than AOL.

      You say it is a business, then say he has to go where they send him. No he doesn’t. Both sides signed the contract, and neither was under duress. If he doesn’t want to go to Atlanta, he doesn’t have to go to Atlanta. If the Cubs want him to go to Atlanta, give him a monetary incentive to go to Atlanta.

      • mikecubbie69 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        chiadam, your an idiot………if he doesnt want to approve the trade he doesnt have to. You are probaly one of those morons that whines and complains about everything the Cubs do, just for the sake of having something to complain about. He has 5 /10 rights…..frankly I agree with him if he was indeed blindsided and to take the word of a clown who works for ESPN doesnt impress me.

      • iruletheweb - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:26 AM

        “bigotry and intolerance of the south”

        What a total idiotic comment.

    • pjmarn6 - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      They are all f()(&)(*&(^&*^ prima donas. Give me a $1,000,000 and see how fast I carry the water!

  3. mikecubbie69 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Maybe instead of rushing to bash Dempster, maybe you wait to see if he really was blindsided and considering that this Crasnick clown works for ESPN, I wouldnt be suprised if he were. Demp has always been a stand up guy and if hes upset, theres probaly justification for it. Frankly, if he stayed with the Cubs, that would be okay with me.

  4. mississippimusicman - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    I called this exact scenario yesterday in the comment thread for the “fabrication” article.

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