Cubs’ Dempster discusses tirade, Braves

Ryan Dempster can veto any trade because he's a player with 10 years of major league experience and five with his current team.

Ryan Dempster can veto any trade because he's a player with 10 years of major league experience and five with his current team.

Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, the subject of trade talks between Chicago and the Braves earlier this week, had some interesting comments Wednesday night after what might be his last start in a Cubs uniform.

Dempster allowed three runs in six innings of a 3-2 loss to the Pirates and threw a tantrum after being pulled by manager Dale Sveum before the seventh inning. Dempster slammed a cooler lid, tossed aside a cooler and threw a full plastic bottle.

After the game, he talked about his actions, Atlanta GM Frank Wren, and the possibility of being dealt before the July 31 trade deadline.

When asked if he had ruled out accepting a deal to the Braves, Dempster responded, ‘I never said that.”

Dempster has blocked a trade to the Braves so far, hoping he’d instead be traded to the Dodgers. Wren said Wednesday morning that “it’s highly unlikely” the Braves would be able to complete their deal.

Dempster said he respects the GM and understands his position. “[The Braves] can’t worry about waiting around for me to make my decision. If that’s still an option down the road, that’s something I’m going to look at.”

Dempster added that he would be using Thursday’s day off to look at “a couple of different things … to make the best decision.”

Here’s the interview from the Chicago Tribune. His thoughts about the Braves begin 2:49 into the video.

Meanwhile, another desirable starting pitcher appears certain to be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline.

Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin confirmed that the team is fielding trade inquiries for Zack Greinke and seemed resigned to losing the righty.

“I’m very fond of him,” Melvin told USA Today. “He’s one of my favorite players I ever had. Really, he’s been like a son to me. It’s been a great experience having him for a year and a half. There are so many good things about him, it’s going to be difficult when we trade him.”

Milwaukee just returned home from an 0-6 road trip.

Greinke is 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA this season.

Get Twitter updates and breaking news from the AJC’s David O’Brien on any moves by the Braves.

101 comments Add your comment


July 26th, 2012
10:47 pm


July 26th, 2012
10:48 pm

Go get him Frank


July 26th, 2012
10:49 pm

I like Dempster. I think he’s a good pitcher and a good man, but if his heart isn’t into leavig Chicago, I think it’s best if he stays there.


July 26th, 2012
10:50 pm

Dempster….I would like to personally thank you for blocking this trade……you are not worth Delgado!!!!…..I might trade JoJo Reyes for you….if he was still pitching


July 26th, 2012
10:56 pm

I think Dempster is WAYYYYYYY over-valued, because of his hot streak of 6 starts this year. If anyone cares to look, take a gander at how many “JJ-esque starts” he’s had over the past couple of years. I know, because I was dumb enough to have him on one of my fantasy baseball teams. He’s an “average” pitcher at best, far from one that will help us get to the promised land. I thank Dumpster for blocking the trade, and save us from looking ludicrous at wanting to rent his services for a couple of months.


July 26th, 2012
10:58 pm


July 26th, 2012
10:59 pm

Boo on Dempster. We want Greinke.


July 26th, 2012
11:01 pm

Dempster can’t be the brightest bulb on the tree. I suspect part of the tirade was because it finally dawned on him (the guy must be slow) how stupid he has been.

Please Frank–don’t reopen the door for Dempster.


July 26th, 2012
11:04 pm

I just read where the Dodgers turned down Dempster.

This has almost become a comedy.


July 26th, 2012
11:12 pm

Dempster is the Dwight Howard of baseball!!


July 26th, 2012
11:15 pm

Throwing cooler,bottles, contents all over dugout..another Zambrano…Hell no Frank.. not Dempstick!


July 26th, 2012
11:16 pm

Looks like the Dodgers like Garza more than they like Dempster. Wow – I wonder how he’s going to feel if that trade happens…after dismissing the Braves like he has. Not so sure this is the right guy.

Cobb Dawg

July 26th, 2012
11:20 pm


July 26th, 2012
11:21 pm

Dumpster for two months is not worth delgado….period
if wren does that deal he should be fired

it would be like a reverse Doyle Alexander deal
except we might be giving away the better pitch (smoltz)
to get the two month (Alexander ) that Detroit received


July 26th, 2012
11:22 pm

Atlanta needs Dempster like it needed Sherman ………… let the fool go somewhere else


July 26th, 2012
11:23 pm

Hell he is not worth JJ!

Dempster is a Little Girl

July 26th, 2012
11:24 pm

The nerve of this guy!! I hope he stays put. I do not want him on our team!!


July 26th, 2012
11:24 pm

I seriously hope this trade does not happen, the guy is not worth Delgado. The Braves and Wren would be foolish to trade a 22 year old who has the potential to be a great one for a guy that will make at most 10 starts for the team.
Get a reliable relief pitcher and put Medlen in the starting rotation. Meds would be just as good as Dumpster.
Having said that I expect Wren to do the stupid thing and mortgage the future for a 36 year old 2 month rental that will sign with the Dodgers in the offseason.

Go Braves

Homer T Bravinski

July 26th, 2012
11:25 pm

Greinke! A #1 pitcher


July 26th, 2012
11:28 pm

I truly don’t understand why they’re not utilizing Medlin as a starter. If I recall correctly he was kicking butt as a starter before he got hurt. Do they not see him with same eyes?


July 26th, 2012
11:39 pm

Get a bat too while you are at it Wren. If you make the playoffs, who exactly do you see picking up that runner at 2nd with 2 out in a close playoff game? Any stat head got some data on who on this team is worth a damn with RISP and 2 out?


July 26th, 2012
11:40 pm

I think all you stupid morons who are negative about everything they try to bring to the braves should go to Russia and root for the Russians since you don’t care about anyone else.


July 26th, 2012
11:42 pm

If they must trade for someone Josh Johnson would be the better fit.


July 26th, 2012
11:43 pm

I saw Dempster pitch in Wrigley during the summer of 2008 and he kicked our butts that night and still looks strong and seasoned. Kevin Butler sang Take me Out to the Ballpark during the 7th inning stretch with his “Butthead” jersey on… Too funny….

Go Russia!

July 26th, 2012
11:48 pm

Josh Johnson will never be the same pitcher…he doesn’t look like he is the same pitcher post-injury. Now Greinke would be an excellent pickup…still many years of good life in that arm.


July 26th, 2012
11:53 pm

MEDLEN…a lot of idiots still cannot get this guy’s name correct. If your going to write about the guy PLEASE learn HIS NAME!!!!!


July 26th, 2012
11:56 pm

This whole trade has been blown way out of proportion. Dempster is not that outstanding. Certainly not worth Delgado. For Greinke I’d trade any prospect even, reluctantly, Delgado. I’d sooner trade Teheran than Delgado for Greinke. Greinke, Hudson, Sheets, Medlen and Minor or Delgado will bring us to the post season.


July 27th, 2012
12:01 am

go-BRAVOS (Nuh uh) , God boy, you’re really fixated on MEDLEN. You must be a third grade English teacher! ” Me thinks you protest too much.”


July 27th, 2012
12:05 am

I’ve been mad at this guy for not making a decision, however after watching that video clip, this is a big decision. Being a Braves fan, of course I wanted us to get a top of the rotation starter. Not that I believe Dempster is that, but his numbers are awfully good. However, they are not good in Atlanta. In saying that he seems calm cool and collect, he wants to take time and weigh his options which right now are stay with the Cubs or join a potential World Series Bound team. His choice, not ours. Wish him the best of luck in his decision.


July 27th, 2012
12:09 am

After Dempsters’ childish hissy fit today, the Braves BETTER not get him. That is certainly not the type of play that the Braves want or need. Please Wren, please, do not get Dempster. This whole thing has made him look like a brat and his little tirade today proved that. Certainly not worth Delgado.

Dirty Dawg

July 27th, 2012
12:23 am

But would you trade Delgado and Teheran for Greinke…plus be prepared to pay him $20 mil a year. Would the Braves do either?

Army Strong

July 27th, 2012
12:23 am

The only issues with trading for Greinke would be the gambles of:
1. Do I take that the success of Greinke is better than anything Teheran is capable of in the near future?
2. Will a Greinke contract extension still allow for some cap room to improve the ball club in future years?
3. Do I bite the bullet on the struggles Teheran may have and take the minimum salary he will have for his first 3-5 years in the league?

This is why I am no GM, but I say go get him. I think Teheran still is far too inconsistent on location and overall stuff that I would be willing to let him go for a proven ace who would fit in well in the clubhouse with this team. The Nationals aren’t winning ballgames strickly because they’re putting up 10 runs a game; they have the best staff in the NL. We all saw the damage the Braves of the 90’s and early 2000’s did with dominant pitching. So go get him and pay him to stay. Dempster will likely sign with the Cubs this offseason even if he comes to Atlanta.


July 27th, 2012
12:27 am

forget dumpster.


July 27th, 2012
12:43 am

Greinke is ” the bird in the hand”, Teheran is ” the bird in the bush.” I KNOW what Greinke can do, I only hope what Teheran MIGHT do. Greinke is only 28 and might be quality for another 8-9 years. Teheran is 22 and after this year in Gwinnett MIGHT be headed in the wrong direction. I wouldn’t give Teheran AND Delgado for Greinke but Teheran and some other prospect…..yes. I have heard some talk that the Braves budget might increase next year. And, if so, there would be money for Greinke to be added.


July 27th, 2012
12:45 am

For your own good, Braves, please do not trade for Dempster. This guy is a poster child for clubhouse cancers. Much like Josh Beckett is with the RedSox.

Joey M

July 27th, 2012
12:55 am

Dempster, stay in Chicago or go to LA. We do not want another Derek Lowe. Let’s see if we can trade for Greinke or maybe sign him as a free agent. I do not like the idea of mortgaging the future for the present. Not for a guy like Dempster. Lester or Greinke for prospects and that’s it. Lester would be cool in a Braves uni too at the right price. If we got both, I see us running away with the East.

Steve in Utah

July 27th, 2012
12:58 am

Dempster will be a two-month rental, and then will probably go back and re-sign with the Cubs. So in essence, we give up Delgado and another prospect, only to be out everybody come the signing period.

For those still wanting Dempster, Google the Teixiera debacle ERRR trade — how are Elvis Andrus and Matt Harrison doing with the Rangers???? (Hint — 2012 All-Stars)

Freddie : G

July 27th, 2012
1:02 am

I am glad that Frank Wren is not so willing to throw away the prospects for Rentals like his predecessor. I am sure he would have traded all our prospects already to get the wow factor, and win the press conference.

Freddie : G

July 27th, 2012
1:05 am

Dempster is a good pitcher, but I would rather see us move Medlin in the starting rotation and move Delgado to the pen than to trade for Dempster. We should not get a person who does not want to be here.

GT 12 EE

July 27th, 2012
1:08 am

Dempster is overrated. He is just above average, but not worthy of a big trade. And, if he does not want to leave Chicago, he should stay there. Most pitchers would want to be an Atlanta Brave.

josh johnson

July 27th, 2012
1:33 am

I’d go after the other JJ, josh johnson from the fish. He’s in our division, but Miami has shown that didn’t matter when they traded Uggs to us.. …
Did anyone else notice how much better the offense functioned with Prado at second, Jose in left? Even with FranCrisco at third. Imagine what itd be with Larry Wayne out there!

YoungerThan ThatNow

July 27th, 2012
2:16 am

Braves fans are pretty quick to point out John Schuerholz’s flaw in the Texiera trade, and I’ll freely admit that wasn’t one of his finest hours. But give the guy a break… he pulled off so many “key” trades for this club during his time, and 90% of them were highly in the Braves favor, including Fred McGriff, Tim Hudson, Marquis Grissom and others. But if things had worked after the Tex trade… in other words, if everybody had done his job on the field, including Tex… and the Braves had made a deep and profound playoff run, there would have been a pretty good chance that Texiera would have re-signed with the club and again been the elite of the elite in the NL. In that case, the Texiera trade would have been one of the great moves on Schuerholz’s GM career. It didn’t work that way and we all felt like we ‘gave away the farm’ for a 12 month rental player… but you take chances, roll the dice, double down on the eleven… sometimes it works, sometimes it don’t. But taking chances is part of the game, and those who do it don’t always come out winners… but they always come out as giving it their best effort!

Now, don’t take this wrong… I don’t want Dempster either! There are better options for possibly less in trade… like Garza. This club isn’t far from being real serious contenders… but again, everybody has got to do their job and do them well!



July 27th, 2012
3:29 am

At first glance, I thought “cool dempster would be a great way to round out the rotation”… But after digging through his stats and comments over the years I’d prefer us to have nothing to do with him if the price is one of our young future star pitchers. Beachy, minor, Tehran and Delgado are the next 6-10 years for this club and I’d hate to lose one to a rental who doesn’t want to be here in the first place. Greinke if he agreed to sign past this year would be worth it. Not dumpster fire. Don’t do it Frank

Whopper Dawg

July 27th, 2012
3:44 am

Dempster did us a favor.


July 27th, 2012
4:11 am

Dempster for any of our AAA+ prospects isn’t worth it.


July 27th, 2012
5:11 am

Mr. Wren, PLEASE just get a lefty. If you can’t, stand pat. This team is either good enough to make the playoffs (and then get lucky) or not. But 1 more RHP is NOT going to help that much.


July 27th, 2012
5:36 am

I sympathize with what fans are saying about Dumpster – he has ‘tude problems and its pretty obvious he’ll be with LA next year anyway. That said, hey, we’re losing two .300 batters next year – which includes our most reliable power hitter and fastest guy on the team.

Unless you’re willing to start rebuilding right now by hanging on to a couple of pitching prospects who haven’t proven they’re ready for prime time, I say keep the fire burning for Dempster or Greinke. Both guys are innings eaters – which will be important down the stretch, plus they’re winners. With an offense fixin to get worse next year, this may be the last time in a while the Bravos have a chance at the gold ring.

Uncle Tom

July 27th, 2012
6:12 am

There’s a LOT of teams out there out of the pennant races. And most of them must have some decent pitchers that won’t cause the national debt. Why are we focused just on these two?????


July 27th, 2012
6:42 am

If Greinke turned down $100 million for 5 years (20 mil per season), please
tell me why or how the Braves would be interested in him ?

Put MEDLEN in the starting rotation !

Bravo Uno

July 27th, 2012
6:54 am

Delgado or Medlen would be a whole lot cheaper & younger !

We’d better be looking for a new second baseman, one that can hit at least .250

Infante should be on second !