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Report: Cubs want Allen Webster from Dodgers for Ryan Dempster

Jul 25, 2012, 12:06 AM EDT

Allen Webster

With the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, Zach Lee, apparently off the table, the Cubs are currently asking for Allen Webster as the primary piece from L.A. in a Ryan Dempster deal,’s Jon Morosi reports.

The 22-year-old Webster is 4-8 with a 4.06 ERA and an 85/35 K/BB ratio in 88 2/3 innings for Double-A Chattanooga. Known as a groundball pitcher with his low-90s sinker, he’s given up just one homer all year. Baseball America rated him the team’s No. 2 prospect behind Lee at the beginning of the season.

It wouldn’t be so bad if the Cubs had to settle for Webster instead of getting Randall Delgado from the Braves. While Delgado has better feel for his secondary pitches than Webster does, I still don’t see him getting enough swings and misses to turn into a quality No. 2 or No. 3 starter in the majors. Webster has more upside with his sinker, and if the right coaching allows him to improve either his slider or curve, he could prove to be a big-time pitcher.

  1. psr179 - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    If I were Frank Wren, I would pull out of these talks ASAP. If the deal is consummated, do you really think you’ll get 100% from Dempster. If you say yes, you are out of your mind. He wants the Dodgers, let him go there. The Braves wont win a WS by adding Dempster, lets be honest.

    I’ve had enough Dempster. We get it, you had no attention in Chicago so bask in it while you can.

    • hittfamily - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      You’ve been watching a lot of “Shark Tank” huh

    • istillbelieveinblue - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:39 AM

      Demp is a professional. Even if he is unhappy in Atlanta, he will pitch his butt off, guaranteed.

      • frenchysplatediscipline - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM

        If you mean he is a professional because he gets paid – then yes. Of course he will pitch his butt off the rest of the year; even if he ends up in Seattle – it’s a contract year for him.

        But if you mean he is a professional because of his attitude and his demeanor – then you have missed the past 2 days’ news cycles.

      • istillbelieveinblue - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:51 AM

        Demp has done whatever the Cubs have asked of him since they acquired him. He has been a closer, a starter and a great clubhouse presence. He shows up and plays hard every day. I agree he hasn’t handled the last two days very well, but come on, two days don’t outweigh the years he has been in Chicago.

      • frenchysplatediscipline - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        Fair enough and you are probably correct. Maybe I’m just reacting to the here and now. And after all – he did earn the right to choose where to go.

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Jul 25, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Those Lookouts uniforms are sharp.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:32 AM

      They kind of look like the Cookouts, and who wouldn’t want to root for the Cookoouts?

      Now, the Cockouts is a whole other issue, but that’s definitely a double o.

      • bleedgreen - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM

        I thought it said the Cookouts as well.

  3. lanflfan - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    If the price for Dempster is Webster, no thanks Theo. You have no leverage, and if I were the Dodger GM I’d take my baseball and go home (or just hang up on you).

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