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)
UPDATE 2:58 PM EDT - Rosenthal is reporting that the Cubs are "trying to bend over backwards" to trade Dempster to the Dodgers, his desired team:
Meantime, the Cubs-Dodgers talks regarding Dempster trundle along. They're still at it...— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 30, 2012
Talks have been on and off between the two clubs for the past week. While the Dodgers have made it known that they will not part with top prospect Allen Webster for the 35-year-old Dempster, they are still discussing the inclusion of veteran outfielder Alfonso Soriano in a deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Dempster holds complete 10/5 rights, which means he has final say in approving a trade, and the Dodgers are believed to be right-hander's first choice as a trade partner.
Will the Cubs and Dodgers come to an agreement? For whom?