Pitcher Ryan Dempster is once again in the sights of the Dodgers. The Cubs in 2012 have been shameful. They win games like concrete floats. All that is left for Theo Epstein and Ted Hoyer to do is dump their old contract-bloated veterans for young prospects and a possible light at the end of this tunnel. Names being tossed around include Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto, Carlos Marmol, and of course Ryan Dempster.
The Dodgers boast the second-best staff in baseball behind the Nationals. However, Ted Lilly is out indefinitely with shoulder inflammation. Nathan Eovaldi has filled in well but is untested, and both Aaron Harang and Chris Capuono are pushing mid-30s with October still a long way away.
Dempster may not be the high profile ace like Zack Grienke or Cole Hammels, but he will definitely stabilize the Dodger’s house of cards rotation.
Dempster makes for the perfect insurance plan because he can work as a long reliever out of the pen until (if ever) he is needed as a starter. He brings a strong right arm to a left-dominated rotation and has been on top of his game this season with a 2.11 ERA and a WHIP of 1.22. His .500 record is a testament to the team he is on and not the kind of season he is having.
The best part about him is Ned Colletti can get him for cheap. Desperate for young talent, the Cubs will likely swallow some of their veteran’s ugly contracts to unload them. Plus, LA has a plethora of prospect arms to offer up, such as Zach Lee, Alan Webster, Chris Reed, Angel Sanchez, Ethan Martin, or Shawn Tolleson.
I predict the Dodgers beat out the other bidders, like Boston, Tampa Bay, and Toronto and get Dempster, maybe even before the All-Star Break.