Los Angeles Dodgers Not Done Dealing...Still in on Ryan Dempster

By Christopher Gamble

The Los Angeles Dodgers are going all in this year it seems.  They have already acquired Shane Victorino from the Philadelphia Phillies for Josh Lindblom and pitching prospect Ethan Martin.  Victorino joins Hanley Ramirez, Randy Choate, and Brandon League as the latest Dodger additions.  However, the Dodgers might not be done dealing.  Dodgers GM Ned Coletti is trying to pry Ryan Dempster away from the Chicago Cubs.

Dempster blocked a trade last week that would have sent him to the Atlanta Braves for Randall Delgado.  As a veteran with 10/5 rights, 10 years in MLB with 5 with the same team, he has the right to block a trade if he so desires.  It has been reported that the Dodgers were Dempster’s top choice and that he would try to block a deal to anywhere but Los Angeles.

Dempster, like Victorino and League, is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the year and since the Dodgers would not receive any draft pick compensation if they leave under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The Cubs are believed to be asking for Allen Webster, a 22 year-old pitcher now in AA.

Adding Dempster would be a big upgrade for the Dodgers rotation that has been hit hard by injury this year.  Dempster will join Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano, and Aaron Harang to fill out the Dodger rotation giving them some fairly good depth moving forward.  Ted Lilly is also rehabbing and on his way back from a shoulder injury.

Dempster is scheduled to take the mound tonight for the Chicago Cubs against the Pittsburgh Pirates but it is looking more and more likely that will not happen.  The Cubs are in full sell mode and GM Theo Epstein has already purged his team of Geovany Soto and Paul Maholm and might try to dump Alfonso Soriano, Matt Garza, and Bryan LaHair among others before the deadline.

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