Currently, Ryan Dempster is the easiest sell to a team with immediate pitching needs. What would also benefit the Cubs is the fact that they wouldn't need to dump Dempster for another ace, as they already have a potential All-Star in Jeff Samardzija.
Dempster has one of the dirtiest sliders in the league, with opponents hitting just .094—only San Francisco Giants righty Matt Cain has a more effective slider in the league, holding opponents to just a .055 batting average.
Dempster has a 1.74 ERA through six starts, yet is still without recording a win. His 0-1 record indicates the lack of run support and bullpen problems—both which can be solved by swapping Dempster.
The only downside to trading Dempster is the low availability of teams he'd be willing to play for, as he has a no-trade clause up his sleeve. In essence, Dempster will only go to a team that either has potential or is already a contender—potentially having a similar-sounding effect as NHL sniper Dany Heatley.
If Theo can make the right move trading Dempster, the Cubs can profoundly benefit in the long term.
The former Fighting Irish wide receiver has truly prospected into a full-blown franchise starter for the future of the Cubs.
He has a fastball consistently clocking the upper 90s mixed with newly found confidence in his highly-criticized curveball and changeup.
Samardzija began an impressive four-game streak, allowing just one run or less against the division leading Cardinals, adding a career-high nine strikeouts.
His potential claws at the No. 1 spot on the Cubs starting rotation, and trading Dempster for another big bat, will hopefully end the seemingly everlasting "rebuilding phase."