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Posted: Monday, July 30 at 1:45 p.m. ET
The Cubs want to trade Ryan Dempster. The Dodgers want to trade for him.
Clearly, things shouldn't be so complicated. But my goodness, are they complicated.
The discussions between the Cubs and the Dodgers regarding Dempster have been stuck in a stalemate for a few days now. Both sides know where the other stands, and neither side is willing to budge.
But according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the talks are still ongoing:
And for the record, Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com says that Alfonso Soriano is still in play for the Dodgers in the Dempster talks:
In other words, the status quo is holding. The Dodgers are trying to squeeze whatever they can out of the Cubs.
In this case, what Ned Colletti is trying to do is kill two birds with one stone. His club needs both starting pitching depth and a power-hitting left fielder. He won't be able to do better than Dempster/Soriano combination to solve these problems.
He has roughly 24 hours to figure the situation out.
Additional Update: Monday, July 30 at 3:15 p.m. ET
Well, this is a good sign.
According to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com, the Dempster negotiations between the Dodgers and Cubs are gaining momentum.
That's about all the report has to offer, but it's fair to speculate that one of the clubs got the ball moving out of desperation. I for one think that would have to be the Cubs, as the last thing they want to do is hold on to Dempster beyond the trade deadline. They want to get something for him while they can.
The writing is on the wall that they'll have to settle for less than what they perceive to be fair value if they choose to deal with the Dodgers. It's therefore worth noting that ESPN's Jayson Stark says that the Nationals have positioned themselves as a perfect fallback option if the Cubs can't get something done with the Dodgers.
For the first time in a few days, the situation is fluid.
Additional Update: Monday, July 30 at 4:40 p.m. ET
Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has heard that a few select prospects are off the table in the Dempster talks:
According to Baseball America, Lee, Webster and Reed are the Dodgers' No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 prospects, respectively.
Additional Update No. 2: Monday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Maybe all this talk of negotiations between the Dodgers and Cubs picking up steam is overblown. ESPN's Buster Olney has heard otherwise:
Once again, we're left with the impression that both sides are staying the course.
Additional Update No. 3: Monday, July 30 at 9:35 p.m. ET
Contrary to what Olney had to say, Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com says that the Dodgers and Cubs are still talking:
The important part is that the deal isn't done yet. Beyond that, I'm done trying to decipher the situation.