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Ryan Dempster is frequently discussed as one of the Cubs’ most obvious and most valuable trade pieces this year. He’s a free agent at the end of the season, he’s pitching very well, and he’s a great teammate. You can understand why his name would come up.

But, when discussing Dempster trade possibilities, we’ve always had to add a parenthetical – namely, his no-trade rights. Dempster has the right to block a trade if he’d like, and, while I’d reported as far back as December that Dempster was unlikely to invoke his no-trade rights if the Cubs truly wanted to move him (because of his appreciation for the organization), he’d never really come out and confirmed his position one way or another.

I think we can probably stop worrying too much about the no-trade portion of a Dempster trade.

“I think I would be doing everybody in that locker room and anybody who is a Cubs fan and most importantly the Cubs organization a huge disservice if I didn’t put all my focus and attention on trying to make my start and do the best I can to help us win,” Dempster said Wednesday on The Waddle & Silvy Show. “By doing that you’re ultimately helping the team. You’re in a situation where if it does happen they are going to do what’s best for the Chicago Cubs, and I’m all for that.”

“I don’t know what direction they want to go, I don’t know any of those answers,” Dempster continued later. “Whatever it ends up being I’ll have to take a look at it and see what’s the best for me, best for the Cubs and I respect that and I understand that.

“Hopefully I’m here, but if not it’s somewhere that can ultimately give them the best opportunity to improve the Cubs for the future. I believe I’m a part of that and trying to help us for the future and help us for the present as well.”

Wow. Did you catch that? Dempster just said that, because he believes he’s a part of making the Cubs better in the future, if he gets traded he wants to make sure the Cubs get the most possible in return. Because he feels like that’s his duty! Dude, Ryan. That may be one of the coolest things a current player has ever said about their dedication to the Cubs organization.

And, because Dempster hopes that the Cubs can get the most possible for him, it seems highly unlikely that, if they look to trade him, he’d wield his no-trade rights aggressively. That would tie the Cubs’ hands, and they ultimately wouldn’t get “the best opportunity to improve the Cubs for the future.”

Just for good measure, Dempster added a little more in a conversation with Paul Sullivan.

“Any one of us is susceptible to being traded,” Dempster said. “For me, it’s a little different because I have the right to say ‘no.’ … Obviously I want to do what’s best for this organization. They’ve done nothing but right by me.”

Good man, Ryan Dempster. Good man.

  • Fishin Phil

    While you can’t blame anyone for exercising their No-Trade Rights, you can’t help but admire Dempster’s attitude.

  • cubfanincardinalland

    I really hope we can resign him next year even when he goes somewhere else for a while.

    • Doug

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. Gives him the chance to go to a winner this year and then come back next year to finish his career as a Cub. Maybe even with a shot to win it all here before he retires.

    • WGNstatic

      I know that this is what every fan says when a popular player is rumored to be on the trading block, but…

      I can’t help but feel like Dempster is one of those unique players who could very easily cycle back to the north side for 2013.

      To some extent the new CBA will make that easier since there will be no draft pick compensation attached to Dempster as a free agent after this season.

  • Bails17

    Great teammate, great person! I can only hope he goes to the team that wins it all!

    • HuskerCub

      Agreed, as long as it’s not the Cardinals.

      • ETS

        or sox (either color)

    • Leo L

      Big dempster fan. was for awhile. i would love it if he was playing in the world series against Garza. that would bring a little exitement to to post season. hopefully they dont pitch against each oether so they both can get wins. If they do play in the same game ill be cheering for dempster.

    • MaxM1908

      It would be hard not to cheer for him the rest of this season, regardless of whichever team picks him up. I’m a Dempster fan now and the colors on his back won’t change that.

  • art

    you can’t help but respect the guy (Dempster), big time.

  • Leroy K.

    Stay Classy Mr. Dempster. Good luck in LA or wherever you end up.

  • MaxM1908

    Wow, I’ve always liked Dempster, but I may start revering him now. That was an incredibly noble thing to say, and if we do get a good haul for him, I sure hope we bring him back next year when we’re in an even better position to compete.

  • Steve

    That wacky, red headed Canadian…just endeared himself to me for life. In the “me first” day and age, you don’t see / hear things like this often.

  • DocPeterWimsey

    “in the “me first” day and age”

    Actually, the Cenozoic is an era, not an age; that being said, I really think that it’s been a “me first” eon at least…..

    • WGNstatic

      Well, if you want to get all geological…

      Many geologist believe that we have entered a new time period, the Anthropocene.

      Marked, among other things, by self-admiration for home runs, touchdown dances, and global climate change.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        Well, then, it’s been a “Me First” epoch, then!  However, that started about 15 thousand years ago!  I’m thinking that Neanderthals were “me firsting” long before then.

        The time in which people did not think “me first,” however has yet to happen, and probably never will.

  • Patrick G

    So IF the Cubs could get Middlebrooks or Castellanos for Garza, who would be more valuable? Middlebrooks obviously is ML ready but who has a higher ceiling?

  • BFM

    Please don’t let him pitch for the Cardinals or a White Sox.
    Aramis could take a page from his book!
    What a class act!
    This is why I love Ryan Dempster!

  • Ivy Walls

    Okay let us speculate:

    Trading parts, Garza and Dempster; then Marmol from the pitching corps

    From the position; LaHair, Baker, Johnson, Soriano and Soto

    Cumulative speaking if all were traded for market value the Cubs could see a pretty interesting return—it will be interesting.

    • MaxM1908

      I really don’t think that any besides Garza, Dempster, and Soto would bring anything of value into the organization. We may net some low level prospects for all the rest, but I doubt any of them will ever pan out.

  • Cubs217

    I know we hate to think about it, but doesnt trading Dempter to the White Sox make some sense? They are in need of a SP, Dempster obviously loves the city of Chicago and they are not league-rivals. I think the biggest hurdle would be whether or not the Sox have anyone in their system the Cubs would trade Demp for.

    • JulioZuleta

      Their farm system is so incredibly awful that it might be hard to find a good enough package even for Dempster. Before the season, Callis said it might be the worst system he’s even seen in a given year.

      • Njriv

        The only thing I see the White Sox have that could have some value is their bullpen, they have some decent young arms there.

      • Joe

        Also, I really don’t think the Sox would have interest in Demp. Dempster has never pitched in the AL. Making the transition at 35 years old would be a gamble I don’t think the Sox would be willing to take.

  • a_mazz_ing

    One hell of a class act. I like Demp a lot. Now all of that being said, if he yields some prospects, buhbye.

  • https://www.facebook.com/chris.siuty Chris84

    I can only hope that when Demp retires, he’ll come back to the Cubs as some sort of coach or special assistant or “Official Solid Dude Who Says Awesome Shit All the Time.”

  • jstraw

    I still think he blocks a trade, if one is presented. I still think he’s not relocating his family and that he’s going to spend as many nights under the same roof as them as he can, under the contractual obligations he’s got. Tat means playing half of his schedule in Chicago. I think if push came to shove there’s a decent chance he’d retire at the end of this season, since he’s wealthy…or even pitch for the White Sox. Nothing in any of those quotes tells me he’s ever, for a second, put the Cubs ahead of his family.

  • Joker

    Jstraw – I hope to be able to quote you on this in about three weeks time. Stay tuned…

  • Dan Fredrickson

    If the Cubs want, they can trade ME to a contender as well. I would feel no resentment if they tried to get as much for me as they could. I think I’m worth at least three or four high-level prospect Nationals fans or Tigers fans and. as I’ve been a fan of the Cubs for about forty years, I suspect that some of those other teams could really use a fan like me to help them during their pennant drive. Whatever the Cubs decide is best for the Cubs….. That’s what I say !!

  • JoeyCollins

    Always have been a big Dempster fan this just reaffirms that.

  • Mike S

    Too much? Too little? Or just right?

    Toronto gets:
    Matt Garza, RHP
    Josh Vitters, 3B

    Cubs get:
    Noah Syndergaard, RHP
    Drew Hutchinson, RHP
    Carlos Perez, C
    Kyle Drabek, RHP

    If the Cubs trade Garza, I hope it’s to Toronto. They have the best farm system in the majors and have some nice MLB ready prospects.

  • Jon

    Why no Gose or Marisnick?

  • A

    Like Toronto as a trading partner for sure. I would focus on D’Arnaud and Drebek but like the A ball pitcher Aaron Sanchez as well.

    • Jon

      I don’t think Toronto will trade with D’Arnaud. I wouldn’t mind getting the lefty Norris though.

      • Evenbetternewsv2.0

        They won’t and I would bet money we would end up w an outfielder.

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  • spearman

    Are you still saying “good man”.

  • Kory

    Don’t forget, he blocked a good trade for the cubs with the braves. He isn’t walking the walk right now.

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