The Detroit Tigers “have shown legitimate interest” in Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, ESPNChicago’s Bruce Levine reported this weekend. According to Levine, the Tigers are one of 10 teams that may attempt to swing a deal for Dempster prior to the July 31 trade deadline.
With a little more than two weeks until baseball’s trade deadline, 10 teams have shown legitimate interest in acquiring Dempster’s services for the rest of the season, according to industry sources. Those clubs include the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves.
The Cubs have started, in earnest, to look at minor league players at the lower levels of almost every farm system. The organization is looking for young pitching in return for its veteran players, but, according to a baseball source who has inquired about trading with the Cubs, a well regarded third-base prospect is also very high on their wish list.
Levine added that Dempster and Cubs GM Theo Epstein have an agreement in place that “assures the pitcher control of where he will play the rest of the season if he is traded.” Dempster has “10-5″ rights over any trade — the 10-5 rule allows a player with 10 years of MLB service and five with the same team to veto a trade.
A pair of Dempster’s teammates, pitcher Matt Garza and second baseman Darwin Barney, have been mentioned previously as possible trade options for the Tigers. The Tigers have lamented the lack of available second basemen on the market — because of that dearth of options, Barney’s price tag may be pretty high, especially given that he’s not even arbitration-eligible until after 2013.
Dempster currently holds a 5-3 record with a microscopic 1.86 ERA in 14 starts.