The Cubs are known to be looking to improve a rotation that lost Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, and Matt Garza (to injury) in July. One of those replacements may be Dempster himself.
Earlier in the day, Carrie Muskat tweeted that the Cubs were in contact with Dempster's agent about returning for next year. Doug Padilla writes that Jed Hoyer confirmed there was some preliminary interest.
"I don't want to comment specifically, but there has been contact with him certainly," Hoyer said Thursday of Dempster. "But in general, I don't want to characterize interest because next thing you know it's a story that the Cubs are all over Dempster. But Ryan does fit that (Maholm model) really well."
I'm assuming by "Maholm model", he means a veteran pitcher who can stabilize a young rotation in the short term, yet be converted to a long term piece at the deadline.
As a rebuilding team looking for short term deals, it may prove difficult convincing players to come to a losing situation in Chicago, but Dempster's ties here may help the Cubs
Dempster's home is still in Chicago and he was an active member in this community. Fans know that he likes it here, so much so that he turned down a deal to go to potential World Series contender Atlanta. That left a bad taste in the mouth of many as the Cubs appeared to have a deal done for Randall Delgado, one of the Braves' better pitching prospects. Eventually the Cubs did deal Dempster to Texas and received a couple of good prospects in Christian Villanueva and Kyle Hendricks, both of whom should be in AA next year.
Things would certainly be different this time. Dempster wouldn't have 10 and 5 rights and the the Cubs certainly wouldn't agree to any deal with a no trade clause, so should they get offers for him again at the deadline, they'll be free to trade him.
What do you think of the possible reunion?
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