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The New York Post reports the Dodgers as the favorite to land Ryan Dempster before the Trade Deadline with the Tigers seen as “strong pursuers” and the Red Sox as long shots. FOX Sports reports the Cubs are exchanging names with teams interested in Dempster. The Red Sox are also interested in Matt Garza.
The Chicago Tribune noted Stephen Fife, who made his ML debut, is a former Red Sox prospect who could be included in a Dempster-to-Dodgers deal. Fife, 25, filled in for injured Chad Billingsley, and gave up one run over six innings Tuesday night. The Dodgers acquired him from the Red Sox last summer in the Trayvon Robinson deal. A sinkerball pitcher, he’d be a good fit at Wrigley. Dempster has a 1.86 ERA, tops in the Majors.
CBSSports.com reported the Royals have inquired about Garza. They have had a scout at this week’s Cubs games. Dempster is in the last year of his $14 million contract, and, essentially a rental player for the final months of this year. Garza is under team control for 2013.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs claimed infielder Jeff Bianchi off waivers from the Royals on Friday. With the move, the 40-man roster now stands at 36. Bianchi, 25, is a career .281 hitter with 116 doubles, 31 home runs, 251 RBIs and 76 stolen bases in 490 games covering six Minor League seasons. He completed his first full season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2011. The right-handed batter and thrower has played shortstop (288 games) and second base (145 games).
Originally selected in the second round of the 2005 Draft, he earned Frank White Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2008 as the best defender in the Royals system. In 2009, he combined for a .308 batting average between Class A and Double-A, but missed all of 2010 because of Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Last season, he batted .259 with 23 doubles, 20 stolen bases, 63 runs scored and 48 RBIs in 119 games.
– Carrie Muskat
Theo Epstein wanted to talk to Carlos Zambrano before deciding whether or not the Cubs and the pitcher can co-exist, and the two could chat this week. There may be interest in the right-hander — most likely a lot of interest if the Cubs were willing to pick up a significant chunk of the money he’s owed.
On Monday, Royals GM Dayton Moore, asked by 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City if his team would be interested in a trade for the controversial pitcher, said: “We would have to be interested. We would have to explore it because that’s what you should do.” But on Tuesday, Moore told MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel he should not have commented on a player under contract with another club, and indicated any suggestion the Royals were pursuing Zambrano was misplaced. He clarified his remarks.
“It’s our job as a baseball operations department to listen and explore every potential opportunity that would improve our team,” Moore said. “We spend countless hours doing so and we invite everybody’s opinion as to how it pertains to how we could improve our team. And if one of our people brought up Carlos Zambrano, I would listen and ask questions about why they believe that. That’s all that was and I responded in that spirit.”
Zambrano is owed $18 million next season, and has a $19 million vesting option for 2013. He also has a full no-trade clause. The right-hander, who is scheduled to make his second start Friday in the Venezuela Winter League, most likely would veto a move to an American League team. He wouldn’t get a chance to hit.
– Carrie Muskat