June 15, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, who allowed no runs in his three June starts, should be one of the most coveted pitchers on the trade market this July. And to make him even more enticing as a trade target, the Cubs are willing to pay part of his $14-million salary, depending on the prospect return.
Heyman says it’s the Cubs priority to stockpile prospects at this point as they continue their rebuilding effort. Chicago isn’t as concerned with the money they are spending if it means more and better young players.
It’s been reported that everyone on the Cubs not named Starlin Castro and Jeff Samardzija is available this summer. Castro was initially speculated to be available, but Chicago quickly shot that rumor down.