It's the weekend! Dempster's so-so start shouldn't affect his value at all, except that technically he has one less start to give his potential new team.
- 2:40 PM: The Astros announced they have acquired two minor league pitchers and a player to be named later. The pitchers the Astros received were RHP Matt Heidenreich and LHP Blair Walters. Neither are high end prospects. It wasn't specified as to whether the Sox picked up the tab, but based on the prospects received, it would seem so. Neither is considered a top prospect in a relatively weak White Sox system.
- 2:15 PM: The White Sox have acquired RP Brett Myers. Myers is signed through 2012 with a vesting option for 2013 (and a $3M buyout). Myers is a relief pitcher and the White Sox weren't serious suitors for any Cubs players, but it may give us an idea of how much that extra option year is valued. Will update when I see the players that the White Sox sent in return.
- 1:35 PM: Carrie Muskat confirms what we stated in the 11:00 update -- that it's the Dodgers seeking that extension with Ryan Dempster before they give up top prospects. The Dodgers did say it wasn't worth their while to part with top prospects for a rental. The implication here could be that they prefer a guy already signed for next season, such as Matt Garza or Paul Maholm, as some have suggested-- or they will part with a top prospect as long as they are assured that they can keep Dempster beyond 2012. The latter seems more likely to me as I don't think the Dodgers have the depth to trade for Garza and Maholm is a lesser pitcher than Dempster despite his recent hot streak. Multiple reports say that the Cubs are willing to settle for "one or two young arms". If it's one arm, Muskat suggests that the Cubs are holding out for top prospect Zach Lee. Personally, I'm not sure he's worth all the trouble unless the Cubs see something that I didn't (which is very likely). When I saw him pitch, his velo was more like 88-92 and his breaking stuff was a little inconsistent.
- 12:15 PM: Jon Heyman reiterates the Dodgers likely out on Dempster and lists the Nationals, Cardinals, and Braves as the most likely suitors.
- 11:00 AM: Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Dodgers are now "very unlikely" to land Ryan Dempster. It seems they don't want to give up top prospects for a rental (yet they'll give up $42M to a player they've hardly seen play in Yasiel Puig). So that offer on the table we've reported probably wasn't a very good one if it didn't include any of their top prospects. It also may fit in with the with what Kusinski said below but perhaps it's the Dodgers looking for some assurance beyond 2012. For those thinking we should take what they have offered, remember that the Cubs settled for RHPs Brett Wallach and Kyle Smits and neither came close to making it to the majors. The Cubs would be better off getting that draft pick by offering Dempster 1 year at approximately $12M rather than settle for secondary prospects from a system that just isn't very good.
- 10:45 AM: Peggy Kusinski tweets that the hold-up may be that Ryan Dempster is looking for a 2 year extension.
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