It’s time to discuss some more MLB rumors surrounding the Chicago Cubs. This time, according to several media outlets, the Los Angeles Dodgers are very interested in adding a starting pitcher at the deadline. The Cubs and Ryan Dempster make a lot of sense for both teams, and it’ll be up to the Cubs to determine the best value from several teams.
If I were Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, I wouldn’t just hand Ryan Dempster away. I would get as much talent as you possibly can, and this is whom I would focus on.
How about Shawn Tolleson, Ethan Martin, and Alex Santana for Dempster? Shawn Tolleson has transitioned to the bullpen, and throws in the mid to upper 90′s. Adding a late inning hard throwing reliever is never a bad thing in any case, and would help the Cubs rebuild. Ethan Martin has been a little disappointing since he was drafted in the first round in 2008. The Cubs lack high quality arms and Martin would be a solid addition. Command has been Martin’s biggest enemy, not stuff. Which is a positive thing because a lot of young players have trouble harnessing their stuff. Alex Santana is an extremely young but talented third basemen. He’s only 18 years old, and will not be rushed. The Cubs could add another corner infield prospect to the mix with Javier Baez and Josh Vitters one day, and would mesh perfectly with what the Cubs are trying to do.
This I believe is a very good package for both teams, as both get what they need out of this deal. We’ll see how this turns out, but Ryan Dempster is one of the hottest names on the market right now, and it’s time for the Cubs to get full value.