I cannot stress firmly enough that this is just one report, based on one source, which might not ultimately be true. That said, it’s from Ken Rosenthal, who isn’t going to put his name out there on something like this unless it’s moderately solid.

And it’s not great news.

According to Rosenthal, for now, Ryan Dempster prefers to block the trade to the Atlanta Braves – which would have netted the Cubs Randall Delgado, a hell of a great return – while holding out hope that, in the next week, the Cubs can work out a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Cubs and Dodgers previously stalemated on trade talks, presumably because of the Cubs’ insistence on the inclusion of top pitching prospect Zach Lee. If the Cubs are now forced to go back to the Dodgers, hat in hand, not only would they not get Lee, they wouldn’t get a value even coming close to Delgado.

In short, if true, this could be disastrous for the Cubs.

But that’s the rub: “if true.” Many other sources, including the Atlanta Braves, remain optimistic and hopeful that the Braves deal will still get done.

We don’t know the details for certain, but it had been reported that the Braves were second on Dempster’s list of preferred trade spots. The Dodgers were first.

Try to do your best not to rush to judgment here, though I know how this looks for Dempster. We don’t know what’s really going on yet.

UPDATE: Carrie Muskat reports that the claims that Dempster is holding things up because he was blindsided by the trade are not true. Instead, “Sources say he did know about the Braves offer, but was surprised at how public the deal became before he had made his decision.” Maybe he was surprised/angered that the deal became public because he knew he preferred to go to LA, and he didn’t want to look like the bad guy when he asked the Cubs to keep trying to get him to LA. Sounds like a pretty good theory to me.

UPDATE 2: Phil Rogers says folks in Atlanta are confused about Dempster’s reasons for not (yet) approving the deal. Rogers adds: “He prefers to be on the West Coast, Rosenthal suggests, because he has family in Vancouver and wants his three children to be close to relatives while he’s away. It’s unclear if Epstein can re-engage the Dodgers in trade talks. They backed away over the weekend, unwilling to meet the Cubs’ demands for a player they might have only for the rest of this season, and that led to the agreement with the Braves. This could become quite a mess, especially given how happy the Cubs were to have agreed to a deal bringing right-hander Randall Delgado from the Braves.”

UPDATE 3: Mark Bowman, who broke the original story about the trade, writes that Dempster has not yet officially rejected the trade, but that the Braves are losing some confidence that he’ll ultimately approve the deal. And then Bowman started writing about other Braves options, like Zack Greinke, and I got very sad. I also got sad when he mentioned that the Braves deal also included “at least” one more minor league player coming to the Cubs.

UPDATE 4: A source tells Jayson Stark that the status of Cubs/Braves/Dempster should be resolved “shortly,” and the Cubs have stayed in contact with the Dodgers and Braves throughout this process. Tim Brown adds that the Cubs anticipated this possibility, and stayed in touch with the Dodgers about Dempster (and Garza) yesterday.

UPDATE 5: Remember Kevin Goldstein’s comment yesterday that a source told him there is a 24-hour moratorium on 10/5 players approving these trades. So, if the trade was agreed to around this time yesterday, we might be hearing VERY soon.

UPDATE 6: Doug Padilla says Ryan Dempster has arrived in the Cubs’ clubhouse, and adds this: “Deal w Braves looks to be dying on the vine.”

UPDATE 7 (at 3:19pm CT): Dempster has finally spoken with the media, which quotes you can track from the beat guys on Twitter. He said he’s weighing his options, and plans on starting tomorrow for the Cubs. When asked if it’s 100% certain he starts tomorrow for the Cubs, he said that is his “mindset.” He wishes he had more options (translation: wishes a Dodgers deal was on the table), and he might take as much as a week to weigh the decision with his family. He wasn’t blindsided by the deal – the Cubs kept him informed. He was blindsided by the fact that the deal leaked to the media before he had a chance to decide. Dempster says he hasn’t made any decisions (in other words, he’s not formally blocking a trade to the Braves yet).

UPDATE 8 (at 3:22pm CT): Are the Cubs really going to let Dempster start tomorrow? I understand if Demp wants his time to think things over, but, since the world already knows he wants to go to the Dodgers, and only *might* go to the Braves, there is NOTHING to be gained by starting him tomorrow. There is only something to lose.

UPDATE 9 (at 3:26pm CT): This tweet from Paul Sullivan stings: “Demp: Decision ‘gets harder when something that wasn’t supposed to become public knowledge becomes public knowledge.'” And he’s right – if you don’t see why, just read the comments for all the anger and vitriol. Unrelatedly, and, as I suspected, Dempster is open to an extension, but isn’t asking for one as part of the process.

UPDATE 10 (at 3:30pm CT): I respect Dempster’s right to take his time making a decision, but the longer this drags out, it just hurts the Cubs in so many ways. Maybe the Braves decide to move on. Maybe teams want to wait on making a Garza offer until they know what’s happening with Dempster. Maybe the market shifts strongly downward as more teams start selling. Maybe Dempster gets hurt. This isn’t a worst case scenario quite yet, but this is just going horribly for the Cubs.

UPDATE 11 (at 3:43pm CT): Dempster can say he might take this decision up to the deadline, but that won’t happen – the Braves will pull the offer long before then, because they’ve got to figure out what they’re going to do. The Cubs probably can’t wait that long, either. It’s pretty obvious what’s going on here: the Cubs lined up a deal with the Braves after talks with the Dodgers fell through. It wasn’t final, and it wasn’t going to be announced. The Cubs were going to take it to Dempster, and Dempster was going to say, “well, can you try to get a deal to the Dodgers first?” And the Cubs would go to the Dodgers and try to beat the Delgado offer, or at least get a comparable deal (fat chance without Zach Lee – and fat chance on Zach Lee). But, since the story broke, Dempster and the Cubs were both put in a crappy spot. Dempster now looks like a bad guy, and the Cubs have no leverage with the Dodgers.

UPDATE 12 (at 3:54pm CT): Dave O’Brien (Atlanta Journal Constitution) says the Braves are looking at other options while they wait on Dempster. We knew that would happen. He adds that the deal is neither officially nor unofficially off the table quite yet, though.

UPDATE 13 (at 4:18pm CT): Just great. From Mark Bowman: “Dempster’s decision to wait has led a number of teams to call the Braves today about their top pitching prospects. Teams seemed to have gained interest once they saw Braves might be willing to go for it all this year by dealing one of these prospects.”

UPDATE 14 (at 4:39pm CT): Jon Heyman says the Cubs have, indeed, re-engaged the Dodgers in trade talks. I doubt they ever really stopped. For now, the only leverage the Cubs have with the Dodgers – assuming Dempster isn’t open to going to Atlanta while L.A. is still in the picture – is by saying, “you don’t step up your offer, and we’re fully prepared to keep him, make him a ‘qualifying offer’ ($12.5 million) after the season, and try and get a draft pick.”

UPDATE 15 (at 5:08pm CT): Braves’ GM Frank Wren made some comments to the media, including saying that it’s not a good thing that this deal got out (blame your own front office, dude), and the Braves still have scouts all over the country scouting other pitchers. They’d like to acquire a pitcher before the break. For now, the deal for Dempster is not dead, and is in Dempster’s hands. Wren added that, even if word of the deal hadn’t gotten out, Dempster was still going to need time to think it over (per my earlier explanation, I take that to mean: Dempster was going to need a little time to ask the Cubs to try and make one last push to deal him to the Dodgers).

UPDATE 16 (at 5:54pm CT): Interesting comments from Chipper Jones, via Dave O’Brien: “People have got to want to come here. But it’s not over. I’m sure that when you’ve been in one spot for a really long time, being traded is a big adjustment, and there’s more than just the business of baseball at hand. You’ve earned the right as a 10-and-5 guy to pick and choose where you go. And family becomes a big part of the decision-making process. The fact that we’re in the Southeast and we train in Florida, all that stuff is a factor. So, bottom line is Ryan is going to make the best decision for him and his family. And if decides that he doesn’t want to come here, then that’s just something that we’re going to have to deal with and move on. These trades just don’t happen overnight. There’s days and days and weeks and weeks of communication between the two sides to try and get something done by a specific deadline. We were led to believe that this could happen, which is why we put the effort into it. Now it seems like that might not be the case. It puts Frank in a tough spot, but that’s why they pay Frank the big bucks. He’s got to have Plan B through D. I’m sure that if Ryan decides to stay in Chicago or go someplace else, Frank will have something on the back burner.”

UPDATE 17 (at 7:52pm CT): You’ll have to forgive me. The last two days have been a bit frustrating for me (though I’m not complaining!), so I had to step away for a bit to play some tennis. I’m blacked out from tonight’s game anyway. In any event, Jon Morosi tweeted earlier that “Source says there are ways for Dodgers to get Ryan Dempster from Cubs without surrendering Zach Lee.” You’ll forgive me for hoping that isn’t true, but, without much leverage, it sure could be. Also, BN’er Jim is at the game tonight, and he says Dempster hasn’t been in the dugout. Anyone else seeing that? It doesn’t necessarily mean anything, and, at most, might mean only that Dempster has been having conversations that require him not to be in the dugout.

  • Master Dan

    So maybe it’s better that Dempster (assuming Dempster rejected the trade) just stays with the Cubs and make a qualifying offer to get a pick? Would the pick be around the 50th or so in the draft? I don’t think the Cubs will get fair value for Dempster if they traded him to LA.

  • Dan

    Could Dempster be leveraging the Braves?
    Maybe Dempster is holding out to go to the Dodgers in order to get the Braves to drop their extension talks with him (if that is part of the deal for Delgado) and still net the same return for the Cubs.

    • Brian

      I’d venture to say those extension talks were fabricated. The leak yesterday originated from the Atlanta side, why would they leak it if they knew the extension still had to be agreed upon?

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    If we have to settle for a crap LA trade, I hope Dempster gets hit hard all the rest of his starts and I hope he can’t even find a taker for his services next. Sounds like a bitter, disgruntled fan, BUT GUESS WAT!? I’m a CUBS FAN not a ryan dempster fan! I really like dempster but he wuld be really hurting the cubs by doing that

  • Dustin S

    Going to wait for some more confirmation on this one before I say anything.

  • Jim

    Put yourself in Dempster’s position as best you can. He has to put his family first and the Cubs second when it comes to this trade. He has always given the team and his teammates his best efforts, on the field and in the dugout. Yes I would like to see him help us get the best return on a trade, but we don’t really know what is happening and what he needs to do for his family. I think his actions over the last few years earns him the benefit of the doubt.

    • Jack Weiland

      Doing what’s best for his family = totally cool. My problem is with all the comments he made about wanting to help the Cubs and go to a winner. What he really should have said all along was “I only want to go to LA” if that was the case. Or nothing at all. Nothing would have been better.

      • JB88


    • Keith

      Well said Jim

    • Tarzan Joe Wallis

      explain best for his family?……..how is this best. he’s a fucking millionaire; none of his kids are in school…THEY CAN move with him unlike us who could not afford to move our family and keep our mortgage, etc. best for his family for 2 months! get real. i know his daughter is sick. does atlanta not have doctors? only LA?………here’s demp’s quote; better to be the hammer than the nail. hmmmmmmm………….cubs picked him up off the scrap heap; busted TJ arm and all……..paid him 69M………..spring training is 6 weeks. this is 8. explain the family thing to me again.

  • DaveS

    If this is true and the FO says to him its ATL or stay here and he stays and signs with someone else in the offseason do we get a pick for that?

    • bbmoney

      only if we make a “qualifying” offer. Which would be ~12.5M for at least 1 year. If we offered that and he went elsewhere then we’d get a comp pick.

  • Brian Peters

    Dempster is a tool!

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    I rather have Dempster reject a qualifying offer and get a comp draft pick over a LA, Gould and WIthrow trade.

  • bbmoney

    Frustrating if true. Lets make sure its true before we start bashing though.

    • Cyranojoe

      ^^^ This. And even then, not sure about the bashing. Probably, though – ATL was supposed to be on his “top 2” list.

  • willis

    It’s confusing to me. The whole thing. Not sure why he would block a trade to the Braves. I get wanting to be in LA, but not sure why the appeal isn’t there for Atlanta? But he does have this right as a 10-5. I’d hold out judgment for now and see what happens. This doesn’t sound good of course.

    This doesn’t anger me like it seems it is doing to others though. It’s easy to speculate from our cheap seats, but he is playing the cards he has been deal and trying to do what is best for him. We all do that in our lives. Hopefully something gets worked out which nets the Cubs a positive gain.

  • Ed

    This is dumb, whatever happened to him “doing whats best for the Cubs. It’s only a half season. If he does come back to Wrigley I am going to boo the hell out of him.

  • A_Mazz_ing

    The ONLY way I can see this as a positive is if the report is a little off and basically wants the Cubs to try one last time with LA… TODAY. Basically call up the Dodgers and say “Ok, last chance. Ryan really wants to go to LA but it’ll take Lee to get him. Otherwise Ryan is ok going to the Braves for Delgado. We really need an answer by 2pm CST.” Then one of two things happens; we get Lee or we get Delgado. One last shot at leverage with a deadline on it all today. Make LA really think. But if this goes past Dempster’s start tomorrow… forget it. There’s no way we get anything close to Delgado in return from anyone.

  • Andy

    I have little doubt this is true. But I could also see Dempster sticking with the team another week and then accepting the Braves deal when it becomes apparent the Cubs & Dodgers won’t agree.

    I bet you it is his wife’s fault. We don’t blame player’s wives enough.

  • Cory

    Wow please don’t let this be true yesterday I was so excited about the possibility of landing Delgado and even Zach Lee in a Garza deal. If this turns out to be true theres no way the Dodgers will even chase Garza. Dempster = Sell Out say it ain’t so!

  • jeff

    If this is true in anyway demp is a big bitch and a liar..

    • stillmisskennyhubbs

      And if it is NOT true, you just slandered a good guy.

  • JB88

    Is Lee even the prospect that Delgado is? Frankly, nothing I’ve read about his performance this year would suggest that he is close to the prospect that Delgado is.

    • Jack Weiland

      Lee is a different prospect, for sure. Delgado is a “safe 3” whereas Lee has more potential upside, but is less likely to reach that upside.

      Every player is different, whether or not you prefer Lee or Delgado probably comes down to how you value certain factors like upside, floor, timetable, etc.

      The Dodgers have also yanked Lee around a lot. He’s 20 pitching at AA right now, and the numbers are from a small sample, so keep that in mind when evaluating him. Not that he was killing it before at High-A …

    • bbmoney

      higher ceiling and lower probabilty. Most scouts are have Lee ranked higher, but further away and definately a lower chance of contributing. I doubt we could get him for dempster, especially if we’ve lost our leverage.

    • Noah

      Lee has a significantly higher ceiling than Delgado does. Delgado has the higher floor and is in the Majors, while Lee is probably at least a full calendar year away. Lee has struggled some since moving up to AA, but he’s VERY young for the level at just 20 and had very good K/9 and BB/9 rates at both Low A and High A, and that includes that hitter friendly California League for High A.

  • Twinkletoez

    Atlanta was on his list and now he pulls this crap. I know this would not help the Cubs but if I was the FO I would not trade his ass to the Dodgers and I would sit him for the rest of the season, maybe stash him on the DL. Then offer him a qualifying offer next season and if he accepts I would put his ass back on the DL or stash him in the bullpen. He would never start another game for me again. I know that is harsh but i am an asshole :)

    • Sandberg

      They can’t do that or they’ll never sign a free agent again. The only real solution is to never give out no-trade clauses and not hold onto players long enough for them to obtain 5/10 rights.

    • Joker

      Sandberg is right. Not to mention the qualitfy offer in your proposal would net the guy a big fat contract for which he would earn by not pitching. I’d say Demp would be happy to sit back and laugh all the way to the bank.

      • Joker

        ^^^qualitfy = qualifying. (ugh)

  • Greyfury

    So much for everyone remaining calm and not judging before all the facts come out. Way to have some faith

    • Jack Weiland

      My current opinion is: this is just posturing, push comes to shove he’d accept a trade to Atlanta over staying in Chicago all summer.

      But blocking the trade certainly goes against everything he’s said all year. And that’s lame.

      • NLIADad

        What if he’s just “punking” all the twitter types that leaked all this yesterday, knowing that he will accept it officially? Until then, letting a couple of leaks indicating he’s leaning toward not accepting it.

      • Greyfury

        Granted I don’t post much but doesn’t anyone else think its sad that stuff like this brings out the trolls. Especially all the trolls who LOVED him yesterday. Anyone who says they wouldn’t take care of their family first is either lying or a jerk. He(Dempster) should do what he wants to do. He has very much earned that right.

        • Whiteflag

          Exactly Greyfury. Family is a little more important than making the fans happy. Second, holding judgement until an official announcement is made might be smart. (did we not learn anything from yesterday?)

          • Scotti

            “Wisdom cries aloud outside; she raises her voice in the open square”

          • stillmisskennyhubbs

            You are a refreshing messenger of reason and patience.
            I hope you are not just the “voice who cries out in the wilderness”.
            It seems like a lot of people are getting pissed off over rumors and inference and gossip.
            Blame and judgmentalism are deadends.

            • Greyfury

              Rationalism on teh interwebz is a rare and precious thing!

        • BeyondFukudome

          What the hell does this have to do with taking care of his family? His kids are in Vancouver, 1,300 miles away from LA. If Dempster is so worried about his family, why isn’t he demanding a trade to Seattle? Every professional athlete squawks about “family” in every one of these contract/free agent situations.

          • Greyfury

            Ok so even aside from that, like I said he (in my opinion and yes I know most will disagree) has earned the right do do as he wishes. He said he would like to do what is best for himself and the team. If they don’t mesh who does he vote for? Himself or the team? What would you do in his place?

          • Scotti

            This isn’t a contract/free-agent situation. It’s a 10-5 rights situation where he is doing the Cubs a huge favor.

            • BeyondFukudome

              That’s just silly. He’s exercising his rights under a contract with an eye toward how it affects his future contractual and free agency situations. So of course if’s a contract/free agent situation. As for doing the Cubs a huge favor, they did him a huge favor by not throwing him on the trash heap years ago. Be that as it may, he has a legal right to tell the Cubs and their fans to go f themselves, if he wishes. And I have the right to tell him to go f himself if I wish. So the world turns.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Class act?? Im not so sure anymore. Dempster I speak for a lot of Cubs fans here… If you veto this trade after stating you would accept a trade if it helped the Cubs you will lose over 50% of the Cubs fans respect. Pray this isn’t true. I hope Demp knows if he vetoes this trade he most likely won’t be back as a Cub. You lie to the FO and your fans, your not going to be welcomed back.

    • TonyP

      Dempster is a class act and can do what he wants to do. Everyone is ready to put him on blast for something that may or may not be true. I haven’t heard Dempster state he won’t accept a trade to Atlanta and either has anyone else. Let the events play out before ripping one of the best Cubs players of the last decade.

      • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

        No bashing here. Just stating what will happen if a true report comes out that he won’t accept a trade. I personally won’t be part of the bashing because i’v always liked Dempster, even when he was Dumpster… Like I was saying though, I will lose a lot of respect for him if he vetoes a trade after saying all along he would accept a trade that would help the Cubs. No bashing, just a huuuge loss of respect. Also I would think a class act like Dempster wouldn’t play his long time team like fools. So in the end I think this all gets worked out, Demp goes to Atlanta, and everyone loves Ryan Dempster.

        • Scotti

          He flat out never said that he would do whatever the Cubs wanted. He said he was willing to work with them (and he referenced his 10-5 rights). THIS is now what they are doing. Working together to get the best results for all parties–a true win-win (or no deal).

          • Twinkletoez

            He did not say he would do whatever but he did list teams he would be willing to go to and Atlanta was 2nd on that list. That is the main reason why everyone is up in arms.

            • Scotti

              A) Your source for that list? B) Who is 3rd, 4th or 5th? C) Most importantly, were there any provisos along with that list? Things like keeping this out of the press and making sure he was informed first???

              Simply put, no one here knows what arrangement they had. It is pretty clear, however, that whatever arrangement that they did have has, at least in part, been violated. It is also clear that Dempster has handled this fiasco well. Given the knee-jerk reactions by fans here, most would have not been as restrained as he has been.

              Were the Braves 2nd? Perhaps, but that doesn’t mean that he has to accept the 2nd offer. Again, if he gave them a list of teams numbering 5 would he have to accept #5? He clearly wants the Cubs to get a good return (for that we owe him, not the other way around) but he also wants to know that Theo has done his due diligence regarding the other teams.

          • Lou

            But maybe he did put the Braves on his trade list and now he’s going back on that to only say he wants to go to the Dodgers (which would be an awful outcome for the Cubs). Bottom line, neither one of us knows this. This looks really bad in light of the patient approach I’m supposed to take as Cubs fan with a long rebuild ahead of us. Why? Bottom line, if you’re engaging in a total rebuild approach you need to explore all avenues possible to acquire talent. Yes, it’s a fact that he has 10-5 rights but it’s also a fact the Cubs desparately need SP. Dempster COULD be preventing this from happening. Not to mention the secondary ramifications of Theo and Jed focusing solely on trying to trade Matt Garza.

  • Curt

    hope it’s not true if it is so much for doing whts best for the cubs I’m withholding judgement

  • quintz

    I said it last week. He was (will) do what is best for him and his family first. The Cubs come a distant second. I wish he’d accept the trade to Atlanta, but hold no ill will if he doesn’t.

  • BlueHorizons

    I’m trying to remain optimistic about the possible (now it should probably be prefixed with “remotely”) trade with the Braves, but it is appearing to be less likely with each tick of the clock.

    I’m also trying not to be down on Dempster. Afterall, it’s a career decision for him, AND for his family. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but perhaps there are better treatment options for his daughter in LA, rather than in Atlanta. If he has reasons like that, it is hard to fault him for it. I’ve made all of MY career moves in the best interest of my family, and honestly, not one of them took into consideration the interests of my employer.

    Face it… in the world of business, there is no such thing as “loyalty” – and that goes in both directions (employee employer).

    Speaking of facing it… while typing this, I guess I have faced the fact that the Dempster / Delgado trade is not going to happen. [shaking head in disbelief] And it sounded sooo exciting, too.

  • mikaylaaa

    dempster (or his foundation) did tweet that there was nothing official to report an hour ago.. and if there was, “we” would be the first to know. obviously i dont expect his decision to be announced over twitter, but the fact that he said nothing was official is making me hold out hope.

    as a cubs fan though, “hope” is obviously something i have too much of.

    • A

      Agree (and I’m also an idiot optimist)

      Holding out judgement until all facts are out… Right now the twitterverse is not doing the deal any favors of completing

  • Cheryl

    If he decided against the Braves, that’s one thing, but, if true, and he holds out for the Dodgers, he’s done the cubs and himself a disservice. The cubs have another alternative rather than being forced into a trade with the Dodgers, They can keep him, offer him a contract, which he will probably turn down and let him become a free agent. That’s probably what he wants now. But I hate to think that he might be going this route. What a bummer. The cubs have bent over backwards for him. It was the Braves FO that leaked this, not the cubs. I hope he rethinks this. It won’t help him in the long-run. In fact, the Dodgers could use it against him to get a deal entirely on their terms.

    • Cheryl

      Addendum: But if it’s a situation that involves his family that’s different and understandable.

  • BlueHorizons

    Ya know… there IS another angle to this story that comes to mind….

    Being that the leak apparently leaked from the Braves side of the table.. what are the chances that someone in that organization started to get a case of “buyer’s remorse” and since they couldn’t just renege on the deal, decided to try and nix the deal through the social media? It worked like a charm, if that was an intentional ploy!

  • Jimbo

    ughhh, make it stop!

  • Joker

    If this is true then I say both the Cubs and the Braves wanted the story leaked in an effort to force Demp’s hand on accepting the trade yesterday. Dangerous “cat and mouse game ” for all involved.

  • WGNstatic

    To me, the party to be ticked off at isn’t Dempster, but rather the Braves… and I am sure Theo and crew are absolutely STEAMED.

    When the Braves leaked this news, it:
    1) Ticked off Dempster, making the trade less likely to happen
    2) destroyed any bargaining power the Cubs would have going forward.

    Imagine if all this was under wraps and Dempster had suggested that he would recluctantly accept the Braves trade but strongly preferred going to LA. Theo/Jed get on the phone one last time to LA, explain roughly the offer they have on the table from Atlanta and give them one last chance to make their best offer…

    Ugh. I am sure that the Cubs F.O. is just furious right now.

  • King Jeff

    So much hate for Dempster on here. All I can do is shake my head, and wait for something to actually happen.

    • BeyondFukudome

      So much smug self righteousness here. I’d shake my head, if it weren’t the same as every other day.

  • bbmoney

    Come on cubs fans..bashing dempster on twitter and everyone isn’t exactly going to make him want to help the Cubs out. At least hold off on bashing until something is official.

    I mean if true its frustrating, but regardless of what someone says, he still had the right to say no.