MIAMI – With the trade deadline a week away, the Ryan Dempster watch continued Tuesday as the Braves waited for the veteran Cubs pitcher to approve or veto a proposed trade that would bring him to Atlanta.
Dempster told Chicago reporters that he would take his time to make up his mind, and it’s believed he was delaying the decision in hopes that the Los Angeles Dodgers would make the Cubs an acceptable offer for the right-hander, who is 5-4 with a majors-leading 2.11 ERA in 15 starts.
The Braves would likely send rookie right-hander Randall Delgado to the Cubs in the proposed deal.
Dempster, 35, ranked the Dodgers first and the Braves second on his list of desirable places among teams that have expressed trade interest. His best friend in baseball is Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly, and a person familiar with the situation said Dempster was drawn to the Dodgers by their friendship and the chance to have his family – he and his wife have three young children – closer to his hometown