July 14, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster throws a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
Ryan Dempster’s six scoreless innings for the Chicago Cubs on Saturday were probably his last with the team, because now is the best time to trade him. Dempster is healthy now, after being on the disabled list earlier this year, and if the Cubs deal him before his next scheduled start -- rather than later this month -- his presence won't complicate their marketing of Matt Garzain late July.
Olney believes the Cubs will look to trade Dempster sooner-than-later while he’s healthy and pitching well. Dempster has now logged 33 consecutive scoreless innings for the Cubs spanning his last five starts. The 35-year-old currently owns a league-leading 1.86 ERA and his 1.02 is good for sixth in the majors.
This weekend it was reported that 10 teams have shown "legitimate interest" in Dempster, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves.
Will Dempster make his next start as a Cub?