7/23 Dempster update

Ryan Dempster most likely will be dealt before the July 31 Trade Deadline, just not on Monday to the Braves. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reported that the Braves have reached an agreement to acquire Dempster from the Cubs. But the deal has not been officially completed. Because Dempster has played in the Majors for at least 10 years and has been with the same team for at least five years, he has the right to veto any trade.

Dempster, who leads the Major Leagues with a 2.11 ERA, declined to comment Monday on the rumors. He did deny reports that a deal had been completed on his Dempster Family Foundation Twitter (@RyanDempsterFDN), saying, “THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from!”

Cubs assistant GM Randy Bush said Monday: “There’s nothing to report.” Manager Dale Sveum wasn’t too happy with how the rumor spread.

“I found out when I came in off the field from early [batting practice],” Sveum said. “Somebody said they saw it on the [Cubs] website, so I got on the website and saw it, and called the higher ups to make sure, and they’re like, no, nothing’s happening, I don’t know where that came from. That’s where we are with that.”

The “higher ups” would be Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, and general manager Jed Hoyer, and neither would comment on the report. Sveum didn’t deny that a deal could happen. There’s still time.

“The team, the whole thing was news to me — the team obviously is the one that leaked it out, or it came out of their city,” Sveum said of the Dempster to Braves reports. “Obviously, we can’t sit here and say it can’t happen. Anything can happen at this point. We have eight days until the deadline. All the teams that are involved and want starters and need starters are all in play.”

Was it unfair for Dempster to go through this?

“I think it’s very unfair for ‘Demp’ to have to have to deal with this,” Sveum said. “He’ll have to deal with it today, deal with it tomorrow. I’ve had five phone calls — ‘Hey, did you guys trade Dempster?’ You can only imagine what he has to go through. It’s very unfair for anybody to go through something that’s a complete fabrication.”

Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez couldn’t elaborate on the reports.

“I know what you guys know, basically the same thing, maybe a little bit more I’m not going to lie to you about that,” Gonzalez told the media in Miami. “But that’s all I know right now. We’re in a holding pattern.”

It was no secret the Cubs were trying to deal Dempster, 35, before the deadline but it was his call as to where he’d go. He had given Epstein a list of which team he would prefer.

— Carrie Muskat


So which side leaked this trade?
Is Dempster playing hard ball?
Did a sports reporter jump the gun on the false news report from Dempster’s agent?
Why is the entire MLB nation waiting for the Dempster trade to happen first?
Will the Dodgers come back and upgrade their prospects for Dempster? … and LaHair?….and Garza?
Will Ozzie Gullien ask for Dempster to help the Marlins?
Will Kenny Williams mumble to reporters about the need of a Dempster on his pitching staff?


Yankees got Ichiro from the Mariners……

and the Tigers got Anaibel Sanchez and Omar Infante from the Marlins….

No Garza / Barney trade to the Tigers now.

Boo Hoo, it’s sooooo unfair to Dempster…please. What a shock. I truly feel sorry for the mult-millionaires playing America’s PAST TIME and being subjected to such a horrible situation as a TRADE RUMOR, oh my! C’mon Sveum, let’s get real. What is Dempster “dealing” with? In two months he would be leaving anyway, I think he can handle it. I think Svuem is the guy that is getting treated unfaily…FIVE PHONE CALLS!! WOW!! He should call his attorney and ask to revise his contract. Yeesh.
As if Dempster was mistakenly put on the FBI’s most wanted list. Sandberg was treated far worse by Hendry, still a knife in the guy’s back.

sveum was so shook up by all this he accidentally put joe mather at third.

lol Ichiro just switched dugouts and went from last to first.

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