7/18 Dempster, Garza rumors

The New York Post reports the Dodgers as the favorite to land Ryan Dempster before the Trade Deadline with the Tigers seen as “strong pursuers” and the Red Sox as long shots. FOX Sports reports the Cubs are exchanging names with teams interested in Dempster. The Red Sox are also interested in Matt Garza.

The Chicago Tribune noted Stephen Fife, who made his ML debut, is a former Red Sox prospect who could be included in a Dempster-to-Dodgers deal. Fife, 25, filled in for injured Chad Billingsley, and gave up one run over six innings Tuesday night. The Dodgers acquired him from the Red Sox last summer in the Trayvon Robinson deal. A sinkerball pitcher, he’d be a good fit at Wrigley. Dempster has a 1.86 ERA, tops in the Majors.

CBSSports.com reported the Royals have inquired about Garza. They have had a scout at this week’s Cubs games. Dempster is in the last year of his $14 million contract, and, essentially a rental player for the final months of this year. Garza is under team control for 2013.

— Carrie Muskat


wherever they end up I wish them the best of luck. Solid pitchers who also seem like stand-up guys. gonna miss seeing Garza’s energy. Don’t think I’ve seen anyone cheer so hard for their team from the dugout. Here’s hoping we get some worthwhile prospects? Go Cubbies!

There must be darkness before the dawn. The optimism for our future is on the rise.

dodgers, tigers, braves, wherever. let’s get this ball rolling…

Agreed Insveum, it’s all we have….waiting to see how the second half roster plays out and how much baggage can be cast off.

We should see some 2012 Cubs in the playoffs this year.

I am getting a feel that these Tigers prospects are over-rated.

im telling you Nick Castellanos is the real deal…. he would be the Cubs starting 3B next year. better than Vitters

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