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Cubs Rumors: Dempster, Garza, Soriano and LaHair

June 15, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Wrigley Field.  Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
June 15, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

The Chicago Cubs are willing to pay part of right-hander Ryan Dempster’s $14-million salary, as it’s their goal to get prospects in return, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, who allowed no runs in his three June starts, should be one of the most coveted pitchers on the trade market this July. And to make him even more enticing as a trade target, the Cubs are willing to pay part of his $14-million salary, depending on the prospect return.

Heyman says it’s the Cubs priority to stockpile prospects at this point as they continue their rebuilding effort. Chicago isn’t as concerned with the money they are spending if it means more and better young players.

It’s been reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays have interest in Dempster.

Heyman is also reporting that the Cubs will be shopping several of the big-name veteran players, including Matt Garza, Bryan LaHair, Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto and Paul Maholm.

It’s been reported that everyone on the Cubs not named Starlin Castro and Jeff Samardzija is available this summer. Castro was initially speculated to be available, but Chicago quickly shot that rumor down.