11/1 Could Dempster return?

The Cubs need at least two starting pitchers. One free agent available is Ryan Dempster. GM Jed Hoyer said he’s had some contact with Dempster’s rep.

“It’s preliminary,” Hoyer said of the talks. “A lot of players will end up expressing interest. … Certainly [Dempster] pitched well here for a long time and people in Chicago respect what he’s done here and they should. Obviously, there’s mutual respect there.”

Dempster, 35, was dealt to the Rangers at the Trade Deadline. The right-hander was 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA with the Cubs, and went 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA with the Rangers.

– Carrie Muskat

6 Comments

well, when Dempster was traded from the Cubs last July he did leave the door to return to the Cubs open. guess Dempster is as good as anyone

think that should read “as good as anyone we have right now.”

I couldn’t imagine Dempster fitting the mold of “building” anything. If the Cubs are at least a few years away from contending I think the roster spot and salary would be better served on another player’s development, a player younger and with more potential to contribute in a few years and beyond. How much good Dempster would be to the Cubs the next few years while NOT contending is very questionable. I hope Dempster’s strings are permanently severed.

I concur with that observation. Also, Demps is going to command beaucoup dollars, which could be more intelligently utilized on developing prospects and much younger talent.

Thanks jhosk.

I like The Dumpster, and there’s little enough reason to follow this team as it is.

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