Don’t Expect a Ryan Dempster Return to the Cubs


On the first of this month I posted about Carrie Muskat of hearing that the Cubs had been in touch with Ryan Dempster. Even then it did not seem likely considering the in house drama that occurred during Chicago’s attempt to trade him at last season’s deadline, but it was definitely worth mentioning considering the hot stove season was getting under way.

Sep 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Ryan Dempster (46) on the bench during the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

For Dempster fans that were hoping of a reunion, it is probably best for your health to not hold your breath. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has Tweeted that the Brewers, Red Sox, and Angels are the latest teams interested in the former Cubs ace. Earlier in the off season the Dodgers and Twins were also mentioned as interested, along with the Cubs contact rumor. Dempster is said to be looking for a three year deal and he figures to be out of the Cubs price range, especially if the North Siders will have to compete with the likes of the Dodgers, Red Sox, Angels, and Brewers.

Besides, the Cubs rotation now looks to be full with the recent signings of Scott Baker and Scott Feldman. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are known to push the definition of rotation depth, as witnessed last year when the team easily entered Spring Training nine deep, but a veteran seeking a multi year deal would not be a viable option for creating that depth, regardless of the health concerns involving Baker and Feldman.

There will be many good memories of Dempster on the North Side, but Cubs fans should not plan on creating any new ones of Dempster any time soon.