Fire up the hot stove, here come the rumors and we've got a couple of doozies for you...
Tom has a source that says the Cubs are currently seeking a deal for Ryan Dempster.
They've talked it over with Dempster and he will not get in the way. He wants to play for a ring and realizes this will be one of his last shots at it. Tom expressed surprise that Dempster was willing to waive his no trade rights but perhaps the frustration and opportunity to play for a championship was to much to pass up. He's also a big character guy and is willing to do what it takes to help the team.
It was also noted that both Dempster and the Cubs would be amenable to working out a deal to bring the veteran back next season.
The source also stated that the Cubs are willing to deal Garza, but only if the right deal comes along. Teams now view Garza as a good #2 type pitcher so it's quite possible the Cubs will get better offers than they did his past offseason.
Earlier today, according to CBS Sports, Jon Heyman the Yankees have RHP Matt Garza at the top of their list. His colleague Danny Knobler tweeted that the Red So are also interested. The Yankees know that Garza has had a couple of tough starts and his numbers are down a bit from last year, but they want the pitcher who they feel has the best chance to help them.
As for whom the Yankees would be willing to deal, you have to believe that Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos are at the top of the Cubs list. The team seeks impact starters and both prospects have gotten off to a slow start, so perhaps the Yankees have softened their stance.
As for the teams on Dempster, but we can suspect the Yankees and Red Sox would also be involved. With so many teams in the race right now, it could be any number of teams that would have interest in Dempster. He would obviously be less expensive than Garza from either a financial or prospect standpoint. Garza, of course, is the better pitcher and has an extra year of control.
Expect Dempster to be with a a new team soon with Garza possibly following right behind him.
The source also confirmed that while nobody is "untouchable", Jeff Samardzija and Starlin Castro will remain with the Cubs unless someone completely blows them away.
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