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Report: Dodgers moving closer to landing Ryan Dempster

Jul 26, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

Ryan Dempster AP

The Cubs and Dodgers are working on potential three-team scenarios to get Ryan Dempster to Los Angeles, sources tell CSNChicago’s David Kaplan.

It’s believed the Cubs asked for right-hander Zach Lee and then right-hander Allen Webster in negotiations with the Dodgers, but that the Dodgers thus far have been unwilling to budge. By involving a third term, perhaps the Dodgers could still get a young starter that would suit the Cubs’ needs while holding on to the organization’s top two prospects.

With Dempster, Matt Garza and Paul Maholm all involved in trade rumors, the Cubs’ priority is landing major league-ready starting pitching in deals. They had an agreement to get right-hander Randall Delgado from the Braves for Dempster, only to have that fall through with Dempster making Los Angeles his destination of choice.

9:00 p.m. EDT update: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Dodgers rejected the Cubs’ offer of Dempster for Webster. I think that was already assumed, but Heyman is the first to report it as fact.

  1. koufaxmitzvah - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Dempster as a Dodger would be sick, brah. Major league stokeage.

    Wait… Wrong thread?

  2. jpat2424 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Hit the bricks dempster. Thanks for F N up the braves trade. Later days

  3. GoneYickitty - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    As a Braves fan, I’m really glad they didn’t get him. I thought that was a terrible trade … Dempster is so meh and one good year doesn’t change that.

  4. mophatici - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    the braves and their sieve-like front office f’d it up by not being able to keep their mouths shut until after the games were played. leaking the news onto their own site before it was even brought to dempster for approval certainly didn’t help. the cubs front office was going to tell him after they finished their game, but…
    He’s such a great clubhouse guy and pitcher that he deserves to go out on his own terms.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      How do you know all this? I’d love to read the stories if you could just provide a link.

    • sc101071 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      No. That’s not it. He’d be over it by now if he’d have wanted to play here.

    • CJ - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      if it was a Braves FO guy that leaked that deal, he should be promoted. Immediately.

  5. sc101071 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Closer to “landing”…

  6. charlescub80 - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    @cj
    @yickitty
    As a Dempster fan I agree with you. Who would want to see Ryan stuck in Atlanta for the rest of the year. Fans would rather hold on to a maybe than make the playoffs. Don’t be mad he would rather be a Dodger than a Brave. Dodgers are going all in.

  7. mannyicey - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:49 AM

    As a Braves fan, I’m also very happy that someone sabotaged that trade. We don’t want him. We want Greinke, not Dempster. We were settling on Dempster, but now that Greinke’s on the blocks, Dempster can hit the bricks. As a matter of fact, we would LOVE for him to go to the Dodgers because the Braves hit very well against Dempster.

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