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Ryan Dempster actually called the Dodgers himself

Aug 6, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

Ryan Dempster

I know most of you are sick of the Ryan Dempster stuff, but I still find all of the things that led to his trade to the Rangers to be interesting. Here’s a new twist to it, reported by Patrick Mooney of Dempster was so hung up on the Dodgers that Theo Epstein told him to call them himself:

Sources said that Dempster was so hung up on the Dodgers that the Cubs told him to directly call Ned Colletti. Dempster spoke with the Los Angeles general manager just before the deadline – eliminating that possibility – and then accepted a trade to the Texas Rangers.

Epstein’s explanation of this:

“It was an unusual situation,” Epstein said then. “But I think it was helpful to have him there. He could hear firsthand that it probably wasn’t going to happen. If someone really wants to go to a place, you can tell them over and over again it’s probably not going to happen. But unless they’re convinced of that, they may not want to move on to their second choice … There were certain things he needed to hear.”

But sure, Dempster was always willing to go to any contender. He in no way was hung up on the Dodgers. Ahem.

  1. cdeangelus - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    “I’m sorry Ryan, but we just don’t like you in that way. But we can still be friends.”

  2. eshine76 - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Wow; that had to suck for him. He was like Lloyd Christmas (“so you’re telling me there’s a chance”) with the Dodgers. Had he listened to reason earlier on, he could be in a better situation for his next contract. Wow.

  3. mattyflex - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    I am like Ryan Dempster, my friends are like Theo Epstien, and that hot girl on the other side of the room is like the Dodgers.

    • cur68 - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      So you’re a Millionaire Athlete with even richer friends? That chick on the other side of the room is a fool.

  4. Kent - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Reblogged this on DFW Fanbase.

  5. kkolchak - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Sounds like the Dodgers had no interest in going Dempster Diving. 😀

    • tonyz6060chevy - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      It’s not that the Dodgers didn’t want him, it’s just that they didn’t think he was worth giving up Zack Lee,for a 2 month rental, or for a veteran pitcher in decline after this year!

      • beavertonsteve - Aug 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        They got Blanton for almost nothing, so as much as I was hoping they could land Dempster, it sure looks like they made a smarter choice. I would have been mad if they gave up Lee for Dempster or Garza.

  6. Walk - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    So did he ever call atlanta and decline that trade?

  7. nekotman - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    He was shelled in his first start for the Rangers. I am interested to see if this continues
    since he has to face lineups with no pitchers. He didn’t approve the best offer and stay
    in the NL. Shot himself in the foot.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      How did Dempster hurt himself by moving over to the 2-time AL pennant winner (who just happened to lose in both World Series to, you know, NL teams)?

  8. gmsingh - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    It sure sounds like Dempster was in over his head. Just because the Dodgers “expressed interest” does not mean they were ever willing to offer something Theo would bite on. Dempster is an extraordinarialy nice guy and its a shame this thing became as messy as it did. However, the ones who are really screwed in the whole process are the fans. Dempster has his best season ever and all that gets him is his being trade bait. The Cubs organization needs to send the fans a memo as to when they can give a crap about the team again.

  9. mgdsquiggy17 - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    “He in no way was hung up on the Dodgers. Ahem.”

    We are in no way going to keep beating this dead horse into the ground until you feel like you won or vindicated yourself or whatever the hell it is.

    • nekotman - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:35 AM

      It must be “whatever the hell it is.” Gettem Craig.

  10. unlost1 - Aug 6, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    this blindsided me

  11. mikecubbie69 - Aug 8, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Why is anyone even still talking about this? LET IT GO ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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