With Ryan Demspter going to Texas, I hope he takes with him the last of the over-pandering to Cubs players as well.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were extremely upset that Dempster initially rejected the Braves deal.
I can see Epstein gritting his teeth now as he publicly defends the guy who basically held the organization at gun point to get his way to LA. Dempster had said all along he would try and help the team move forward if that is what they wanted to. Then despite Hoyer being upfront with him about their intentions and the Braves aggressiveness, he rejected the deal.
The simple matter here is that Dempster put Theo and Jed over a barrel. The same barrel that used to be reserved for former Cubs GM Jim Hendry to be over when it came to making deals. 10/5 rights are one thing but waiting until the last minute to try and go to one team really put the Cubs in an impossible spot.
When I read that Demspter got to sit in on trade negations just to prove to him that the Dodgers weren’t dealing in good faith, my first thought was how foolish is this guy? What kind of leverage did he think he left the Cubs with a very public one-team market?
"Some things are better left unsaid," Epstein said with a grin. "It was an unusual situation. But I think it as helpful to have him there so he could hear first-hand that (the Dodgers deal) wasn't going to happen.
"If someone wants to really go to a place, you can tell him over and over it's not going to happen. But unless they're convinced of that, they're not going to want to move on to their second choice."
An industry source shared with me that the Dodgers were indeed low-balling the Cubs, playing chicken with them and doubting that they could move Demspter anywhere else.
As for Theo, this is probably not the way he is used to doing his business. This is the same guy who traded “Nomah” from Boston; do you think he got to listen in on the phone calls?
Now Demspter was out there today trying to plead his case to the media.
"All I said was I would be open to going to a team ... my kind of specifications for going anywhere was going to a winner," Dempster said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "If I was going to leave this situation with the Cubs that I have been with for so long, I wanted to go somewhere that had a real good chance of winning.
"The truth of the matter is, at the end of the day, I didn't turn down any trades. All I asked for was more time on one particular trade. I didn't really get that time. It got leaked out that I said yes and then I said no. And even after I said no -- I never officially said no -- I said I needed time to think about it, and I have the right to that time. I know people want an answer overnight, but I've been traded twice in my career with no say and so to have a little bit of say and time to make a decision, that's all I wanted. Unfortunately it went down the way it did. I felt bad for the Atlanta Braves. They are a first-class, top-notch organization."
Rest assured Dempster turned down a deal that would have been better than the Cubs ended up making (as for now). In the end he may have been trying to Dwight Howard his way to LA, but instead ended up with just the public backlash.
**Please note in the boll below that the second answer means that Ryan Dempster helped lead the team to the playoffs, not that he was a good pitcher once he got there***