If a trade for Ryan Dempster is not imminent, as one reports suggests as of Thursday afternoon, then I wonder why the Cubs would have Casey Coleman and the newly acquired Justin Germano on hand in St. Louis for a spot-start in Dempster’s place?
Let’s just say my money’s on Dempster being dealt (Dodgers, Braves, Nationals) before he takes the mound against the Cardinals Friday night.
It only makes sense for Team Theo to capitalize on Dempster’s high trade value of five straight victories, 33.0 consecutive scoreless innings and his major league leading 1.86 ERA.
The risk is simply too great for the Cubs to let Dempster toe the rubber and not to pull the trigger on a deal tomorrow afternoon.
THE STING OF TRADING DEMPSTER ALREADY HURTS
Meanwhile, as if trading a fan favorite like Dempster won’t be tough enough, how fitting this team has spoiled us with the major’s best record since June 25 (14-5) right before the trade deadline. A Cubbie occurrence, I tell ya!
And not long after Dempster is wearing Dodger blue (or some other shade of blue), we can expect more trade dominoes to fall off the Cubs roster: Matt Garza, Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson, Jeff Baker and perhaps a block-buster involving the likes of Bryan LaHair or Darwin Barney, among other possible candidates.
It’s all in the name of rebuilding, of course, but it’s hard not to imagine where this hot streak could lead with the Cubs current roster intact.
Trading for Ryan Dempster today would be fortuitous for the Dodgers.
Dempster could realistically join his new team (playing on the road in New York) by Saturday and replace the Dodgers’ weakest link in its rotation, Nathan Eovaldi (1-6) 4.33 ERA, who’s scheduled to start the series finale against the Mets on Sunday.
Dempster, of course, shut the Mets down two starts ago going five shutout innings on a limited pitch-count in his return from the 15-day DL recovering from a sore lat muscle.
Chad Billingsley, recovering from an inflamed right elbow, is scheduled to make his return from the 15-day DL against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Monday. This sets up a formidable threesome in the Dodgers rotation of Dempster, Billingsley & Clayton Kershaw (followed by Harang & Capuano).
The Sunday rotation spot also gives Dempster a favorable pitching schedule. He’d quickly be baptized into the always heated Dodgers vs. Giants rivalry in his next start at San Francisco before making his Dodgers home debut vs. Arizona, who Demps made quick work of over 6.0 shutout innings last Saturday at Wrigley Field.
The most appealing start, however, would be Dempster’s third outing with L.A.–a possible home game against none other than his former mates, the Cubs.
WHAT’S TAKING SO LONG?
This is a Guest Post by John Guminski. He’s a Junior at the University of Missouri majoring in Journalism.
The latest rumor churning from the mill is Detroit and Boston are both looking heavily into Ryan Dempster. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for Theo Epstein and crew to unload the 35-year-old right-hander, which could happen before the weekend.
Dempster has pitched 33 consecutive scoreless innings and currently leads the majors in ERA (1.86). His trade value couldn’t be any higher.
The question always comes down to getting the right return that fits your team’s future needs.
The Cubs farm system is filled with lots of hitting depth and star power, but lacks pitching outside of Trey McNutt and Dillon Maples. Dealing a guy like Dempster would hopefully bolster the farm system in these areas.
The Tigers’ organization has two prospects in particular the Cubs could realistically inquire about; 3B/ LF Nick Castellanos and RHP Bruce Rondon.
I’ve updated the graphic according to the latest trade rumors as of noon today.
The Dodgers are being linked to both pitchers and remain the front runner in the Dempster sweepstakes.
Boston rumors are picking up steam as several sources (listed below) agree the Red Sox simply can’t fold the tent this season, meaning they’ll likely make an attempt to land quality pitching.
I’ve included the Braves in on the Dempster rumors and Baltimore joins the party for Matt Garza with limited interest.
As a reminder, the larger the team logo, the more rumored interest.
All indications are Ryan Dempster will be traded sooner than later.
If Dale Sveum sticks to his current starting rotation, Dempster’s outing tomorrow afternoon will be his last as a Cub at Wrigley Field.
Unless Dempster suffers an injury or is bombed by the Diamondbacks, which seems unlikely given his 27.0 scoreless innings streak, he’s sure to be dealt before his next scheduled home start on Wednesday, July 31–which also happens to be the non-waiver trade deadline.
The feeling, of course, is Dempster will be traded long before the last week in July meaning his following two starts with the Cubs are scheduled road contests at St. Louis & Pittsburgh.
The above image details the level of interest of teams rumored to be pursuing Cubs pitchers Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza via trade. The larger the team logo, the more interest. I’ve done my best to use good judgment on gauging the trade interest of all teams.
The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is 21-days out. Much can, and will, change during the next three weeks. But this is how the trade speculation appears to me at the present time.
Ryan Dempster has pitched the seventh-most games (369) in Cubs franchise history.
He makes his 12th start of the season and the 150th start of his Cubs career this afternoon against Boston.
This is a player Cubs faithful has grown to love, but are now faced with the distinct possibility today’s outing could be Dempster’s last wearing Cubbie blue–ending the nine-year love affair on the North Side.
Yet the sadness that permeated the air in anticipation of Kerry Wood’s departure won’t carry the same buzz as it did a few short weeks ago at Wrigley Field.
Was Sunday’s outing against Minnesota the last time Ryan Dempster toes the rubber for the Cubs?
Now that Cuban prospect Jorge Soler is signed, trading Dempster appears the next move for the Cubs front office, which should begin the first of many trades for Chicago in the coming weeks.
Ryan Dempster staked to a 4-0 lead through five innings felt like money in the bank. Who wouldn’t bet he’d get that elusive first win?
Demps was cruising along needing just 27 pitches to retire 10 of 11 Cardinal batters from the second through fifth innings.
It was all the makings of a streak buster, a winless drought spanning 14 starts (now 15) without Dempster (0-1) earning a victory.
Go figure he’d allow four runs an inning later and leave his 300th career start with a no-decision.
All things considered, it was another strong start from the right-hander whose ERA jumped from 1.02 to 1.74. I mean, seriously. 1.74!
Why is it the Cubs don’t score runs behind Ryan Dempster?
You’d think a guy who’s posted 1,2,0,1 & 1 earned runs in five outings would take pressure off the lineup. Instead, the Cubs have scored a grand total of five runs for Dempster. Five runs!
Run support continues to be an ongoing problem for Dempster and largely explains why he’s winless over his last 14 starts dating back to August of last year.