The family and I have safely arrived home. The Little Girl vomited all over her car seat at the very outset of the seven hour drive home from Northern Michigan, so, although we arrived safely, our olfactory senses – and our gastric resolve – were tested to their limits.

So, about that Ryan Dempster start. I still don’t think it was the best decision to start him tonight, but, at the same time, what do we really know about where things stand on the trade front? No, there wasn’t much to gain by starting Dempster in terms of his performance (and there was something to lose in the form of injury), but if all the Cubs have received so far are crap offers, didn’t they *have* to start him? They have to keep up the appearance of being willing to keep him, otherwise all leverage goes out the window.

As for the performance, it really wasn’t all that bad. It certainly wasn’t good, but it wasn’t pure crap, either. He had a terrible first inning, and then mostly settled down. It could have been a lot worse, and, even if it had been, I still don’t think it would have impact his trade value. GMs, for the most part, know what they’re getting with Dempster. One crap start – or one brilliant start – from here on out isn’t going to change that.

Oh, also, the Cubs lost to the Cardinals. Crud.

  • TWC

    It would appear that ol’ Ace is prepping his delicate sleep cycle for the 30-hr Blog-A-Thon…

    • Brett

      Hey, man. Got in at 1:45am, wrote an EBS, got to bed at 2:15am, and am up and back at it by 9:15am. I’ll hear nothing of delicate sleep!

      • hansman1982

        you say this: “Blah, Blah, Blah…”
        we hear this: “Whaaa, Whaaa, Whaaa…”

        If you could just keep your dang articles short and informative, maybe you would have more time for sleep. Ya big baby.

        Hooray, it’s International Pick On A Brett Day!

  • AP

    Glad you made it home safe. I think you’re right, this start doesn’t change anything as far as trade value. If anything you can always spin it, “Look at how that veteran starter settled down after the first inning and kept the team in the game. Are you gonna trust that whatever you find elsewhere will be able to do that? I didn’t think so.”

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    So whats the likelyhood we get a chris reed caliber prospect for dempster? Chris Reeds very good prospect but not great or elite

  • bluekoolaidaholic

    I always hate it when we don’t score enough runs to wipe the smirk off Berkman’s face.

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    I honestly believe they will get as much as they can in the next 48 hours. Dempster is in a good place and will go out every start and give you a chance to win. He has 2 or 3 good years and he has value to the team that trades for him in that context. I think the cubs have enough teams in play to take one final swing through the groups as to best offers which will and pick a team that closest meets demands, probably two and see if they can bid it up. I think the ultimate package offered from the better system teams is likely to be higher LA their system is not very good. So if Dempster wants to go to LA they either have to step up, or Ryan being will to take another contender with might in the long run be better for him. Either way any GM basing Dempster’s value on this start is an amateur. He proved he can keep his team in it with less than his best. I think the only issue that makes moving him quickly important is injury, especially as I think his value given some the remarks swirling around baseball and what Garza has said is higher than most think. I see the Doidger’s as lite in this process and trying to talk him to LA. Both Altanta and Detroit have better pitching talent to trade and even Washington might be a better partner.

  • Jason “Thundermug”

    Cubs are officially 0-1 in the (Justin Germano Era (even though he didn’t pitch or play in the game)

  • Hastin

    Bret, I know what you mean about traveling with little ones. Everywhere we go we have a 3 yr old, 2 yr old, and a 5 month old. At any moment something could be coming. Oh yeah I can’t leave out my 14 yr old. Teenage boy…need I say more. We drove 13 1/2 hrs. to see our beloved Cubbies a couple of years ago. Great trip, they beat the Brewers, D-Lee had a 3 run homer and a g-slam, but the ride home was a disaster.We didn’t like each other by the time we got home. Next time….plane ride!

  • hansman1982

    I’m not sure that I appreciate the fact that you are allowing your personal life to interfere with Bleacher Nation. Please kindly neglect your wife and children and focus 100% of your non-sleeping time to this website. Also, you will need to cut out the kickball (only sissy’s play that game anyway) and reduce your sleep to 4 hours a night.


    P.S. Random factoid – Apparently outer space smells like the fumes from welding
    P.P.S Random factoid – When you die, the sense of hearing is the last to go
    P.P.P.S Random factoid – Yes, this is a troll comment
    P.P.P.P.S. Random factoid – Yes, I am a loser
    P.P.P.P.P.S. Random factoid – Ryan Dempster will be traded on July 25

    • wernert

      This is all kinds of funny. But do what he says, Brett.

      • Brett

        Oh, you guys …

        (And, actually, you might be surprised to see how close to reality that is, especially these next two weeks.)

        • hansman1982

          P.P.P.P.P.P.S. Un-random factoid: I bet most would be surprised to know that is how you got to the point where you could do this full time.

          • Brett

            1. Obsess about the Cubs
            2. Learn to write a little bit
            3. Neglect personal life and family for two years
            4. ???
            5. PROFIT!

            • hansman1982

              clearly you are still in the ??? stage…

  • Gcheezpuff

    Hamels and Greinke are not officially off the market yet and Dempster’s value could go up once this happens. I also doubt Jed and Theo are worried about his Lat injury anymore or they wouldn’t have started him. I was glad they didn’t panic and instead ran him out there to start. If the return offers are not at value, wait until closer to the deadline. I also doubt Demp would accept a 1 year qualifying offer because this could be his last shot at a multi year and I am sure theo and Jed could ask him to decline anyway if they think the pic is better then the trade return now.

  • willis

    Damn the Cardinals lineup is strong. Up and down the whole thing. They just keep doing it year after year. Putting out excellent teams. I hate them but you have to tip your cap. Best organization in baseball.