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