A little over a week ago, Ryan Dempster was supposedly open to any trade, saying he would "consider" a trade to any contender. Ken Rosenthal took it a step further, saying that the Dodgers were Dempster's first choice and the Braves his second.
Well, maybe he should have said that the Dodgers were Dempster's only choice.
With the trade deadline 5 days away, Dempster rejected a deal earlier this week with the Braves that would have netted the Cubs young righthander Randall Delgado. The Braves have since moved on, leaving the Dodgers as the Cubs' only option for Dempster.
As a 10 and 5 guy, Dempster has the right to veto any trade. But, does it make sense to say you prefer two teams and then reject a trade to one of them?
The Cubs are trying to regain leverage by saying that they will hold on to Dempster and make him a "qualifying offer" in order to get draft pick compensation, but the likelihood of that happening is remote.
I'm sure this whole situation has many Cubs fans miffed and I certainly can understand why.
With little leverage and only one team to work with, the Cubs will be fortunate to get anything of value for Dempster.