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The Cubs are “trying to bend over backwards” to trade Ryan Dempster to the Dodgers

Jul 30, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

So this is still happening:


Can’t imagine that’s going too well for the Cubs. If they liked the Dodgers original offer they never would have moved on to the now-aborted deal to the Braves. And in light of that, if you’re the Dodgers the price you’re willing to pay has not gone up.

Lessons in leverage are often the hardest lesson. The Cubs have very little of it. The Dodgers have more. Ryan Dempster has the most of all.

  1. smcgaels1997 - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Leverage scmeverage…how about you don’t get traded at all and continue to pitch. How about dem apples?

    • protius - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      Too much vernacular, not enough substance.

  2. willclarkgameface - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Theo ain’t gonna take scraps for this guy, but he also has to realize that he’s an older MLB veteran and not an up and coming prospect. Just do the deal Theo.

    • doctorfootball - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      I completely disagree. If Theo wants this guy gone, he’s going to have to take scraps. Keeping Dempster is really not an option. And Dempster has control over where he goes. “Scraps” may be all that’s available for Dempster

      • paperlions - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:26 PM

        Except that he doesn’t need him gone and can get a compensation pick by making a qualifying offer, which Dempster is sure to turn down.

        If the Dodgers don’t offer something worth more than the 35 overall pick in the 2013 draft, there is no reason to trade Dempster to them.

  3. tigers182 - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Dwight Howard said he’s sick of the Dempster trade drama.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jul 31, 2012 at 2:28 PM


  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Bending over backwards could cause an injury. My chiropractor does not approve.

    • mscott4 - Jul 30, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Pretty sure your chiropractor does approve. It creates business.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        She can’t keep her hands off of me. Ouch!

  5. Uncle Charlie - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    “The Decision” to be Presented Live on ESPN Thursday at 9 p.m. ET
    Ryan Dempster to Make Formal Announcement as to Where He’ll Play Next

    One of the most anticipated decisions in the sports world – where MLB superstar pitcher ryan Dempster will play this season and beyond – will be officially revealed on “The Decision,” to be presented live on ESPN and ESPN Radio Monday, July 30, at 9 p.m. ET.

    Proceeds from “The Decision” will be donated to Boys & Girls Club of America in support of Dempster’s vision to construct baseball fields for youth across the country. The program will be co-presented by University of Phoenix and Bing. vitaminwater® and McDonald’s will also sponsor the program. In addition, Nike and Sprite are making contributions in support of this charitable initiative. Ryan Dempster and his marketing company, RDMR Marketing, were responsible for securing the sponsors for this unique event.

    ESPN’s Stuart Scott will host “The Decision,” and will be joined by ESPN MLB analysts Steve Philips and Pedro Gomez. Freelance reporter Jim Gray will conduct the first interview with Dempster in which he announces his decision. Philips will also have an extensive interview with Dempster.

    ESPN’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter will expand to three hours leading into the hour-long “The Decision” at 9 p.m. Following “The Decision,” ESPN will televise an expanded SportsCenter from 10 p.m.-midnight (9 p.m. PT). SportsCenter’s coverage throughout the evening will provide news and information associated with the decision, an overview of the MLB free agency landscape, and a recap of the other sports news of the day. ESPN will also have reporters at the team headquarters of several teams which have been most active in free agency.

  6. jpat2424 - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    I say they don’t trade him and put him in the bullpen rest of the year. A hole

  7. omniusprime - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    It’s a buyer’s market and the lowly Cubs have to realize they’d better do something now or it will be too late and they’ll get nothing. The Dodgers are in the driver’s seat and should make certain they get a great deal. Dempster better hope that after all is said and done that he doesn’t remain in the Dumpster of MLB. Chavez Ravine will feel like heaven to Dempster after playing for such a loser franchise.

  8. SmackSaw - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Chris Reed and Jerry Sands for Dempster and Soriano. Two decent young players for an old starting pitcher and an albatross.

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