In a post that’s sure to be met with jokes and a million updates, Jim Bowden reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are getting Ryan Dempster, and the final i-dotting and t-crossing is all that’s left to do.

I don’t have a good feeling about the Cubs’ return based on what we’ve heard for days, but we’ll see. Theo and Jed weren’t about to be strong-armed on this one, unless they had no other options. Maybe they didn’t.

UPDATE: Phil Rogers says on MLBN that the Cubs really want Allen Webster, and the Cubs might be including multiple pieces to get him, including guys like Shawn Camp or Jeff Baker. And then he said something about Trey McNutt, and I burst into flames.

UPDATE 2 (at 11:49am CT): Kevin Goldstein suggests that James Russell could be involved, to which I’d note that I hope he’s not just a sweetening throw-in. Considering his effectiveness and his contract status, he’s got a lot of value.

UPDATE 3 (at 11:50am CT): George Ofman says the deal is indeed close, and involves multiple players. I’m nervous that it was the Cubs who capitulated, not the Dodgers.

UPDATE 4 (at 11:55am CT): Doug Padilla with a tweet that reinforces my fear: “As Dempster deal to the Dodgers closes in, maybe this ends the idea that Demp & Theo/Jed are on bad terms. Cubs bent over backward for this.”

UPDATE 5 (at 12:15pm CT): Kevin Goldstein hears the same thing as Phil Rogers, but he’s also been saying Dempster and Russell for Webster would be a “steal” for the Cubs. I just don’t see that, given how the starting pitching market has played out, but I get that he’s saying Webster is legit.

UPDATE 6 (at 12:18pm CT): From Jon Morosi: “No agreement yet in Ryan Dempster negotiations. Hardball going on with less than 3 hours before deadline.” Natch.

UPDATE 7 (at 12:30pm CT): Bob Nightengale says that the Cubs and Dodgers are talking, but other teams remain involved with Dempster. Is that posturing by the Cubs, or did Bowden jump the gun?

UPDATE 8 (at 12:52pm CT): Aaaaaand, take-back-sies. Jim Bowden now says Dempster to the Dodgers isn’t a sure thing, but you might be happy about the reason (you’ll have to forgive the frightful way he tweets): “Serious game of chicken between the Dodgers& Cubs on Dempster right now…Cubs believed to have found another team..LA blinks or loses him.” That one doesn’t feel like a shill for the Cubs.

UPDATE 9 (at 12:56pm CT): Tom Verducci reports on MLBN that the Cubs and Dodgers have disengaged, and the Cubs are in talks with the Yankees and a mystery team (Sweet Jesus…) on Dempster.

UPDATE 10 (at 1:07pm CT): Ken Rosenthal says that the Cubs have indeed talked to the Yankees about Dempster (and it was the Yankees contacting the Cubs). This is all very preliminary. At the same time, the MLBN crew is suddenly speculating that the D-Backs are in play for Dempster. Head = spinning.

UPDATE 11 (at 1:25pm CT): Jon Heyman cites a source who tells him Ryan Dempster has told the Cubs he’ll accept a trade to the Yankees. Dave Kaplan reported that earlier today, by the way.

UPDATE 12 (at 1:30pm CT): Joel Sherman, who’s a Yankees reporter, and who always seems to be right, says that although there have been talks, he can’t see the Yankees giving up much to get Dempster, who isn’t much of an upgrade. I just don’t agree with that, but, hey, he knows his stuff.

UPDATE 13 (at 1:35pm CT): Jim Bowden says it’s now or never for the Dodgers. Either they blink (presumably on Webster), or Dempster goes to the Yankees. Here’s the thing: I’m not so sure the return from the Yankees is going to be any good, either.

UPDATE 14 (at 1:45pm CT): Ken Rosenthal hears that Dodgers don’t even want to give up anyone in their top 7 or 8 prospects for a rental like Dempster.

UPDATE 15 (at 2:26pm CT): MLBN report has the Dodgers probably not getting Dempster, and him going to either the Yankees or Rangers. I still think he goes *somewhere,* but I don’t think we’re going to like the return.

  • Crockett

    Yup. Ol’ Ned can go f*ck himself.

    • Mr. Cubster


  • Sosa23

    Its christmas in july!

  • Leroy K.

    Ryan Dempster for Kevin Orie, Jeff Blauser, and a player to be named later.

    • http://bleachernation loyal100more

      doug decsenzo

      • Tim

        Amaury Telemaco

        • Leroy K.

          Kevin Foster—RIP….

        • http://bleachernation loyal100more

          hector villanueva

          • Chef Brian

            Paul Bako

            • Hee Seop Chode

              Bobby Scales and a VIP pass to Vines on Clark

        • Myles

          Leo Gomez

  • Mr. Cubster

    With a “DODGER DOG” too!!!

  • Sosa23

    ryan dempster to red sox for ghost of 2004 manny ramirez

    • Crockett

      What was that deal again? I don’t remember.

      There have been a few Cub mega-deals that fell through over the past 5-8 years that I’ve forgotten about

      I remember the Sosa/Prior for Bedard/Roberts one though.

  • AD

    I just hope that the Cubs don’t run out of time. Let the one hour countdown begin.

  • anotherjp

    Dodgers are out I would think. Maybe try to get Rangers to deal Ramirez for Demp + Camp?? Both Texas & Yankees now trying to pick up post-season pitching- let’s see if one of them tosses a good deal our way.

  • Leroy K.

    Mel Rojas!!!!

  • BeyondFukudome

    Breaking News: Dempster approves possible deal to Yankees after learning that New York has nation’s highest per capita ratio of hot nannies.

    • Leroy K.

      badoom dah!

    • http://bleachernation loyal100more

      and central parks pond is full of “lilly’s”

  • http://BleacherNation Mugsy

    I hope the Dodgers fail in their playoff run…due to lack of pitching. Colletti will be on the hot seat. He fell into that job…he sucks!

  • Jonathan

    Ryan Dempster is the new trade rumor that refuses to wrap up. Can we trade him for Brian Roberts

  • someday…2015?

    Aaaaaaand they make the final turn, aaaaaand heeeere they come! 1 hour to go!!

  • TakingWrigleyToSaoPaulo

    Where is Garza in this mess? He should actually bring back the biggest package.

  • dash


    • Dan

      *Removes Glasses*

      Mother of God…

  • Curt

    1hr left dempster and or garza get traded yes or no?

  • AD

    As exciting as this day has been, I believe that Dempster is the only Cub that will be moved. I hope that I am wrong.

  • Jose Cardenal

    Barry Foote!!

  • Smitty

    You are almost there Brett! You WILL do this.

    • Leroy K.

      unfortunately we won’t hear from Brett for about 4 days lol…

      • Jack Weiland

        Know what’s funny? I bet right at 4 Brett passes out, and then shortly thereafter news of a Cubs trade trickles out after the deadline. I imagine Brett would not find that funny but … ya know … kinda?

        • Hee Seop Chode

          I bet he’s out, right now, face down like the picture from his updates. The Wife finds him at 4:15 and calmly asks, “so what happened?”

  • Mike

    Ryan Dempster and Garza for Upton…What???

  • anotherjp

    Harold Reynolds: Demp & Garza for Upton. LMFAO, what’s he been smoking?

    • Leroy K.

      without being disrespectful::::NO!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kansas Cubs Fan

      Yeah don’t listen to the ex-players on MLB network or the host’s. They’re just dumb.

  • BeyondFukudome

    Dempster now says that he will also accept a trade to the U.S. women’s soccer team…

    • Crockett

      I would too. Alex Morgan is yummy.

    • Dan

      Well… That’s reasonable. Alex Morgan and Hope Solo!

  • dash

    Oops- Sorry about that last post. I was trying to make that my avatar.

    • hansman1982

  • Mike

    Maybe it’s like a upton and skaggs

  • Picklenose

    I was supporting Ryan Dempster until this latest news. He wants to go to the Yankees? I realize some fans are born in NY and get indoctrinated, or some players get drafted and have no choice but to join them, but to choose to go to the Yankees?
    What is next? Will we find out that Dempster goes to Harry Potter movies to root for Voldemort? That he secretly mouths the words to “Oh Canada,” during the national anthem? Or that he shoots kittens out of trees instead of rescuing them? Another icon with feet of clay, sigh.

  • Patrick G

    I dont understand how the Dodgers can give up a top pitching prospect in Ethan Martin for a rental in Victorino, but not for Dempster?

  • Cheryl

    Congratulations Brett, you’re almost there!

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    imagine melky cabrera, and coco crisp in the same outfield. sounds more like a bowl of cereal

  • anotherjp

    Kaplan saying Tigers talking about Soriano deal. $30M of Sori’s salary for Castellanos works for me, but can’t see Detroit doing that.

    • Jack Weiland

      How many effing big trades can you be working on at one time. My god.

  • kubphan82

    Time to open a Soriano Thread, all to himself… He may earn it now that Kaplan says Cubs/Dodgers working hard…

  • someday…2015?

    Saw the tweets about Soriano and Detriot… Rondon would be ideal.