PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 28: Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs reacts on the mound during the first inning of the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on April 28, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
While the Ryan Dempster saga continues for at least another day, the Atlanta Braves have moved on about the possibility of acquiring the right-hander from the Chicago Cubs, writes David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"It's highly unlikely that we make that deal," Braves general manager Frank Wren said Wednesday morning. "No, it's not dead. But I'm not going to paint us in a corner.... We've moved on. From very early on, when it became a question [of whether Dempster would approve the deal], we didn't stop scouting, we didn't stop having questions with other clubs. We've moved on."
Dempster, who holds 10-and-5 rights, recently rebuffed a trade that would have sent him to the Braves. He continues to hold out hope of a trade to his preferred destination, the Los Angeles Dodgers. But if the Cubs are unable to receive a package they are comfortable with, the team plans to hold onto Dempster and work to acquire a compensatory pick in the off-season.
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