8/5 The last word

There’s been some confusion as to who said what to whom regarding the Cubs’ negotiations with the Dodgers about Ryan Dempster. Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, implied that Dempster was in the same room as he and GM Jed Hoyer during their discussions with Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. However, sources said Sunday that wasn’t the case, that Dempster wasn’t in the same office, and that he talked directly to Colletti.

Dempster was in the Cubs office building in case a quick decision needed to be made prior to Tuesday’s Trade Deadline. Dempster had made it clear he wanted to be traded to the Dodgers.

“Once he came into our office and actually heard the conversations we had with L.A., he came to realize, ‘OK, that’s not actually going to happen, let me consider a couple other places,’ and the deal got done with about three minutes left,” Epstein said on Wednesday.

The problem is that Epstein’s statements were taken literally. Dempster was not actually in the same office as Epstein, but was down the hall. Epstein said Dempster needed to hear “first hand” and apparently meant the pitcher needed to talk to Colletti directly.

When the two teams couldn’t work out a deal, Dempster agreed to go to the Rangers, and a trade was consummated shortly before the Deadline.

– Carrie Muskat

6 Comments

Dempster? Who’s he?

Lets hope this is the “Last Word” on Dempster we will hear, read or know about.
Ryan was no “Cy Young”.

Hilariously, I picture Jason McLeod two rooms down pretending to be Ned Colletti in order to trick Dempster into allowing the Cubs to get a deal done with a different team. lol.

Who`s Jason Mcleod?

he is the vp of scouting and player development. came with Hoyer from SD.

why would other organizations blame the Cubs front office for dempster using his 10-5 rights. there’s nothing they could have done. no sense.

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