Ryan Dempster Rumors: Dodgers, Braves, Nationals

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 13: Ryan Dempster # 46 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 13, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

UPDATE - The Cardinals have also checked in on Dempster, reports Heyman:

2:00 PM EDT - Morosi has spoken with a source who says there is a "50/50" chance a deal gets done between the Dodgers and Cubs involving Dempster:

1:30 PM EDT - Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports the Nationals are still "trying hard" for Dempster. He adds that the Braves and maybe even the Detroit Tigers are in on the veteran right-hander as well, while the Dodgers are still the "favorite."

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports has spoken with a source that says the Tigers are indeed interested in Dempster.

1:09 PM EDT - Levine is reporting that the Dodgers are continuing their "hot pursuit" of Dempster, hoping to get a deal done as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Rosenthal just tweeted that talks involving Dempster could "drag on a few more days."

10:01 AM EDT - Right-hander Ryan Dempster is scheduled to start today’s game for the Chicago Cubs, but the veteran could be traded before the 8:15 PM ET start against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Los Angeles Dodgers are still considered as the favorite to land Dempster, but the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and others are in the mix as well, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:

The favored Dodgers and Cubs have gone back and forth over which prospects Los Angeles would have to send to Chicago for Ryan Dempster as talks continue Thursday night with L.A. and a few other teams.

The Dodgers have long been seen as the most likely landing spot for Dempster, but the Nationals, Braves and others were said to still be in the picture as Los Angeles and Chicago continued to barter.

The Dodgers and Cubs are reportedly exchanging names, and Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reported yesterday that LA has offered Chicago a trade proposal for Dempster. The players involved aren’t known, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says top Dodgers pitching prospect Zach Lee "will not be in a deal for a rental" such as Dempster.

Rosenthal adds that the Braves and Cubs have only spoken of "general scenarios" involving Dempster, but he says this could change if negotiations fall through with others.

While Dempster is slated to take the ball tonight, the Cubs have a backup plan in place in case the veteran is dealt prior to the start of the contest, according to Rosenthal.

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Will Dempster start tonight for the Cubs?

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