The Los Angeles Dodgers have fallen behind in the National League West race and are now desperately trying to right the ship. With that in mind they have officially made an offer to the Chicago Cubs for right-hander Ryan Dempster.
The Dodgers have long been considered the front-runners for Dempster, but now the two sides have exchanged offers. Additionally, the Cubs would like to move the 35-year-old before his next scheduled start on Friday. While he’s not in the best shape of his career, maybe Dempster can try exercise programs like this one to tone up a bit.
The Atlanta Braves have also been interested in Dempster, who as a 10-and-5 player has full no-trade protection. The veteran has stated that he would prefer to end up with the Dodgers, but his second choice would be with the Braves.
The Cubs want to move Dempster before his next start in order to protect against him getting injured or performing poorly. That would obviously lower his value. As of now the components of a potential deal are not known, but we have been told that the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, Zach Lee, will not be included.
Dempster is currently 5-3 with a major league best 1.86 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. The two-time All-Star is in his ninth season with the Cubs.