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Yankees, Rangers join the Dodgers in the Ryan Dempster hunt

Jul 31, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Jayson Stark reports that the Yankees are telling everyone they’re not involved in the Dempster stuff. Good things team officials have never lied about anything ever. Of course, it’s in the Cubs’ interest to make it seem like there are more teams interested in him than just the Dodgers. So, you know, trade deadline.

9:54 AM: For a week now it has seemed as though the Dodgers were the only game in town for the Cubs if they wanted to deal Ryan Dempster. Dave Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports, however, that there are three teams in play:

Baseball sources have confirmed to me that three teams are in play for Ryan Dempster and he will approve a deal to any of the three teams if the Cubs can agree on a suitable return in exchange for the veteran right-hander who is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who have long been Dempster’s preferred destination will have to increase their offer as the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees have stepped up their pursuit over the last 48 hours.

Further: a source tells Kaplan that, contrary to earlier reports, Dempster has not told the Cubs that he’d only accept trades to the Dodgers.  Rather, he would consider trades elsewhere but he wants time to consider them. That was the problem with the Braves deal, Kaplan is told.

Of course time is not on his side today. As this post goes live, there are six hours until the deadline.

  1. cackalackyank - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    I had no idea that Dempster would be willing to play the infield on the days he doesn’t start. I guess he can play third a couple days a week in place of A-rod, take his turn in the rotation, Chavez can play a day, and then he can play first a couple games in place of Texeira. Sounds like a great idea.

    • number42is1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      pretty much nails it. Pitching, surprisingly, has not been an issue by any means for the Yanks. its their hitting, or lack thereof, that’s been a problem. and with Tex going down now its only going to get worse. By Friday the yanks may only have a 4 game lead on the division (down from 10 about a week and a half ago). Freddy kept them in the game last night but once again no long ball meant no win. Until they learn to hit with runners on consistently they will not be going anywhere. Dempster is not worth what we are going to have to give up for him.

      • djpostl - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        Freddy pitched like shit last night. 9 hits in six innings, several double-plays that were flat out smoked, other outs that were crushed. Only blind ass luck meant he didn’t give up five or six runs in five or less innings.

        His first couple starts in Pettitte’s place went well, but the last several have yielded decent holes early in the game.

        Phelps (and his 2.54 ERA) should be starting in that slot, but I damn sure wouldn’t be upset about sliding Dempster into that rotation slot, especially since Andy had some kind of setback already.

      • number42is1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        9 hits? thats shit? Nova gives that up in every damn start and everyone loves him. DP’s are part of the game. I mean if you want to say that then i GUESS you could say that the Yanks have not been playing like shit seeing as how they hit into like 25 DP’s every damn game. Freddy is doing just fine as a fill in. we need a bat and the bats that we do have need to wake up.

  2. number42is1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    I thought its till midnight on the 1st?

    • tk41 - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      They changed it a few years ago to 5pm EST. Bud Selig didn’t like staying up that late or something.

      • Jeremy T - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        Pretty sure it’s 4pm, not 5

  3. sabatimus - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    This Dempster crap got so hype-machined that I don’t care WHERE he goes as long as people shut up about him.

    • istillbelieveinblue - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      Per mlb.com:

      Non-waiver trade deadline, July 31st, 4 p.m. ET

      • istillbelieveinblue - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        Sorry, replied to the wrong comment. :(

  4. psr179 - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    this sounds like the cubs trying to squeeze the dodgers. yankees and rangers were never listed on dempster’s so called list of teams he would approve trades to. cubs are leaking false info in an effort to force the dodgers hand IMO

  5. stackers1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    I agree with psr179. This is the cheezy stuff that always happens on 7/31.

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