Danny Knobler of CBS Sports tweets,
Dodgers are definitely interested in Cubs' Dempster, as they were 2 years ago. Back then, he didn't want to leave, and Cubs didn't trade him
The Cubs did trade Ted Lilly to the Dodgers, along with Ryan Theriot, but received little in return. Only 2B Blake DeWitt saw MLB time and the pitchers, Brett Wallach and Kyle Smits, have fallen off the prospect radar. Smits has been released, Wallach is injured, and by next year, it's quite possible that none of them will be with the organization.
The Cubs hope to do better this time.
It's questionable as to how much the Cubs can get back. I've seen it speculated that the Cubs can get a top 10 prospect back. Dave Cameron of Fangraphs said in a chat that the Cubs could get more for Dempster than OF Travis Snider and RHP Noah Syndegaard from the Blue Jays. That's lofty. Keith Law, meanwhile, says to temper expectations because the new CBA won't allow for teams to recoup their losses on rent-a-players with a compensation pick. That's less encouraging.
There is expected to be some good competition for Dempster with all the teams still in contention and very few sellers on the market. It's quite possible that Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster could be the two top pitchers on the market. That may allow the Cubs to get a solid prospect, perhaps one that can make their top 10 list. My guess is it will be a prospect with good upside but has some risks whether it's mechanics, delivery, pitchability concerns or poor 2012 performance. They may combine that with a safer, lower-ceiling prospect that can help right away.
As for what the Dodgers have to offer, it's a lot of pitching. They have some good arms in their system and the Cubs are in desperate need of quality pitching prospects. The Cubs have quite a few intriguing prospects, but it's difficult to put any of them in the "impact" category right now. That could change in time, but unfortunately, that's about where it stands right now.
This is not speculation on the return, but in case you're interested here are some of the better arms in the Dodgers system. All are at the AA level so they're pretty close to being MLB ready....
- Ethan Martin, RHP: Raw pitcher who has reached 98 mph out of the bullpen, secondary pitches (slider, curve) are so-so, but does have a solid change-up. He's having a good year but as you might expect, command is an issue.
- Aaron Miller, LHP: Has regressed somewhat but has flashed a mid 90s fastball, plus slider, and a solid change. Velocity has dipped in recent years.
- Nate Eovaldi, RHP: Eovaldi has a mid 90s fastball that he throws with good downward plane. Secondary pitch is a plus slider. Problem? Command and lack of a good change-up. He nay end up a reliever, where he has reached triple digits.
- Allen Webster, RHP: BAs #95 prospect, he's the top talent on this list. Has really struggled this year but he has the kind of profile this front office likes. He has a hard sinking, mid 90s fastball, potential for a plus secondary pitch (curve, slider), and a plus change. He also has the kind of "pitchability" that Wilken likes. Compared to Derek Lowe.
- Chris Reed, LHP: Great mental makeup, fastball in low to mid 90s range, flashes plus curve and potential for a good change-up. #2 starter ceiling.
- Chris Withrow, RHP: Mid 90s fastball that can touch 98, a good, but inconsistent curveball, slider, and change. More of a raw stuff with command issues and lower pitchability guy right now. Has a chance to start, but I think he's a power reliever.
Another upside play could be Class A pitcher Garrett Gould, RHP, who is having an awful year in the High Class A California League, which is a notorious hitter's league. Low 90s fastball that peaks at about 95, plus curveball and a change-up that also has plus potential. Mid-Rotation type if he figures it out. Some question his mental makeup as he tends to have a bit of a temper and perhaps not the kind of work ethic you would like. Stuff-wise he's there, but the makeup questions will give the Cubs some serious pause here.