7/25 Braves still interested
Here’s Braves GM Frank Wren’s take on the Ryan Dempster situation:
“If this deal materializes, we have the framework of a deal with the Chicago Cubs,” Wren said Tuesday. “If it doesn’t, then if something else were to present itself, then they know we are going to move on to other things.
“The unfortunate part is that it got public,” Wren said. “These things happen. But when players have no-trade (clauses), whether contractual or as a 10-and-5, it creates additional difficulties for all of us to complete because once there is a window of opportunity for stuff to get out, it’s out. It just does. That’s the way it is in today’s world.
“It was an opportunity to get one of the premium arms in this Trade Deadline market and arguably the guy that is pitching the best in baseball,” he said of Dempster. “That’s the positive side. The negative side is that it hasn’t gone through as quickly as we would have liked.”
Dempster will start for the Cubs on Wednesday.
— Carrie Muskat