The Chicago Cubs could part ways with starting pitcher Ryan Dempster after the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday proposed a trade.
A source at ESPNChicago.com revealed the trade but specifics were not made available at this time.
The Chicago Cubs have been in the market to replace their aging pitching staff and they could be targeting Dodger’s top pitching prospect Zach Lee, although it is not clear if Lee was included in the proposed offer.
The Cubbies on Thursday acquired pitcher Justin Germano from the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations and right-hander Jairo Asencio was designated for assignment. It is believed the Cubs are making pitching decisions now in anticipation of the Ryan Dempster trade.
Germano, 30, has played in 80 major league games and currently had a 4.91 ERA with an 8-20 record. Germano who turns 30 on Aug. 6 is expected to join the cubs On Friday in St. Louis.
Also on hand to help the Cubs should Dempster be traded will be right-handed Casey Coleman.
Dempster at 35-years-old should still command a nice trade agreement for the Chicago Cubs, he has not allowed a run in the last 33 innings and his 1.86 ERA is the lowest in major league baseball.
With 10-5 trading protection rights Ryan Dempster must agree to the trade. Dempster is currently earning a prorated amount on the $14 million he is owed for the final year of his four-year contract.
Do you think sending Ryan Dempster to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for some young pitching prospects is a smart move on the part of the Chicago Cubs?