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Braves GM on Dempster: “We’ve Moved On”

Expletive!

After two days of Ryan Dempster making up his mind, when he really already had it made up the Atlanta Braves have appeared to move on from a deal for Dempster.

Braves GM Frank Wren was on the radio this morning,

“We’re not going to be painted into a corner,” the GM said on an Atlanta radio station this morning. “We have moved on.” He added that it is “highly unlikely” that the Braves will now acquire Dempster, and said that the deal the two sides had in place “expired yesterday.”  That is horrible news for the Cubs organization and Cubs fans as Randall Delgado to the Cubs is no more.  That’s a shame as Dempster informed the Cubs that the Braves would be an adequate landing spot, so the Cubs went out and agreed to an AWESOME deal with the Braves only to have it blown up by the man that everyone is trying to please, Ryan Dempster.

Can’t wait to find out what went wrong here, if we ever do.  Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading,
- George

Countdown to the Deadline: Dempster Madness Recap

For a second there yesterday, well more like thirty minutes or so, we all thought that Ryan Dempster was traded to the Braves, not so fast!  After some backtracking on numerous fronts, a cryptic I don’t know what’s going on tweet from the Dempster foundation, and Dale Sveum blaming the internets, Ryan Dempster threw a bullpen session as a member of the Cubs.  Still not sure what happened yesterday, here’s a brief recap.

At roughly 1:22 PM CST news broke that Dempster was indeed traded to Atlanta.  MLB.com’s Mark Bowman broke the story, Bowman is the beat writer for the Braves on MLB.com, the Carrie Muskat of the Braves if you will.  There was no report of who was coming back to the Cubs from the Braves, so I was cautiously optimistic.  The fact that a MLB.com reporter broke this story made me feel like it was done.

After a number of other outlets took the story and ran with it, ESPN, and MLB Network to name a few, Keith Law offered the second part of the deal.  Around 1:51 PM CST Keith Law confirms that Randall Delgado was included in the deal from the Braves side of things.  Cue mass excitement and shock from Cubs fans, and baseball insiders on twitter.  Joe Sheehan was shocked that the Cubs were able to grab Delgado for Dempster.  Kevin Goldstein suggested that Cubs fans should absolutely be thrilled with this deal.  Not going to lie, after hearing this news I was ready to publish a Randall Delgado post about how awesome it was that the Cubs were able to get a 22-year-old arm from the Braves.

As the excitement was building a truly “Cub moment” slapped me and the rest of Cubdom across the face around 2:38 PM CST.  Ryan Dempster’s foundation posted on their twitter account that there is no trade, they haven’t heard a thing.  Welp.  David Kaplan of CSN Chicago followed with “No trade”, wait, what just happened?  Multiple major outlets were reporting this deal as done, now we are hearing there is nothing in place?  This could only happen in a “trade” involving a Cubs player.

As we stumbled into the three o’ clock hour we got further confirmation that Ryan Dempster is still a Cub.  How do we know this?  Because he’s standing right there in the clubhouse in a Cubs uniform!  What is going on??  Cubs beat reporter Paul Sullivan dashed our hopes and dreams first, then he was followed by noted dream killer Doug Padilla.  Doug really isn’t a dream killer, I’m just calling him that for effect, Sullivan on the other hand, ehh.

With the visions of Randall Delgado wearing Cubbie Blue still fresh in our minds, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the deal is now up to Dempster.  Wait, there is hope?  You mean a deal really is in place and it’s only up to Dempster, who has made it widely known that the Braves are his number two team and given the fact he wants the best return for the Cubs there is no way this could go wrong!  Unfortunately that was really the last we heard of this deal being down to Dempster, the Atlanta Journal Constitution chimed in later in the evening backing up Nightengale’s statement, but all other outlets that originally reported a done deal are now tight-lipped for obvious reasons.

If you want a more detailed account of everything that happened I suggest you head over to Bleacher Nation where Brett as a stomach turning detailed account of it all, including 28 updates, it’s worth a read for sure.  My take on this is that there is a deal in place, or something close to a deal in place.  I think Dempster just has to say yes and that Major League Baseball has to approve the deal because there is a significant amount of money involved in it.  That’s just a guess, but if it really is down to Dempster saying yes, what happens if he doesn’t?  How would you feel about that considering Dempster has said all along that he want’s what is best for the Cubs, and that he would like to return next year.  Is he getting cold feet, or is he just excorsizing the rights that he has earned in the big leagues?  Let us know what you think, I will have updates as they come out today, I’m sure there will be plenty.

Thanks for reading,
- George

Countdown to the Deadline: Nationals Enter Dempster Derby

Lot’s of news to sift through today on the rumor front, so here goes..

The Nationals are the latest team to get involved with the Cubs and Ryan Dempster.  The thought here is that the Nationals want a veteran arm to help them down the stretch given the innings limit for Strasburg.  Assuming they adhere to that 160 inning limit they will have a hole in their rotation and instead of plugging a system guy into the rotation they want a legit top of the rotation guy, hence Dempster.  Ken Rosenthal wrote about the Nationals interest in Dempster earlier today.

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There is a reason that most of the rumors I report are about Ryan Dempster, Joel Sherman thinks it’s because Dempster is the first domino of the trade season.  For that reason, among others, the Cubs do not want to delay the trading of Ryan Dempster and would like to deal the right hander “this week” according to a MLB executive.

Ken Rosenthal speaks to that rumor about the Cubs wanting to move Dempster immediately as he says that the Cubs have started exchanging names with other teams.  He lists the “finalists” as the Dodgers, Tigers, Braves, Red Sox, and the Nationals.

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The Cubs other big trade arm, Matt Garza is also being asked about quite often.  Danny Knobler is reporting that the Kansas City Royals have asked about Garza as they want to add a big FA arm for the 2013 season.  Because Garza has one more year of control after this year he would fit the criteria of being that big arm for the 2013 Royals rotation.  The best news yet for the Royals is they wouldn’t have to convince Garza to sign as a FA, they just need to acquire him in a deal, not exactly an easy task but might be easier than obtaining a big arm on an open market.

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There have been a few reports that the Tampa Bay Rays are willing to move James Shields, and the Marlins might be interested in moving Josh Johnson.  The reason this is news to the Cubs is that it could add arms to the trade market, thus lowering the value of a Matt Garza.  I haven’t seen anything concrete about Shields or Johnson but there are whispers about them being available.

Thanks for reading,
- George

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