July 20, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster (46) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter in the second inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
The Ryan Dempster Derby currently is a battle between the Braves, Nationals and Cardinals, people familiar with the talks suggest.
Heyman notes that the Cubs are seeking pitching in all deals, specifically some that is close to major league-ready. He adds that the Braves have "among baseball’s best supply of pitching prospects," but says that the Cardinals and Nationals should have enough to get a deal done as well.
While the Los Angeles Dodgers had been considered the favorite to land Dempster in recent weeks, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported this weekend that the club is "very unlikely" to add Dempster this summer. Rosenthal added that LA would rather not trade prospects for rentals, making Cubs right-hander Matt Garza the "more logical target."
Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com supported this speculation yesterday, reporting that the Dodgers have turned their attention from Dempster to Garza.
The Cardinals have been tied to starting pitching for much of the summer, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported this weekend that the club isn’t as eager to add a starter as initially thought.
Though the Nationals have one of the game’s top rotations, they are believed to be targeting starting pitching depthfor when they shut down right-hander Stephen Strasburg due to his team-imposed innings-limit.
Where will Dempster land?