According to reports by USA Today and MLB.com, the Chicago Cubs have agreed on a deal to trade away ace Ryan Dempster to the Atlanta Braves for starting pitcher Randall Delgado, and possibly a few prospects. According to MLB.com, Dempster recently tweeted, "There is no trade don't know where this info came from!"
The Cubs' 35-year-old right-hander leads Major League Baseball with a 2.11 ERA in 15 starts this year and owns a 3.63 ERA in 147 starts since 2008. Dempster is owed about $5 million for the remainder of the last year on his four-year, $52 million contract he signed with Cubs in late 2008. Details of the trade, such as which team will be responsible for his remaining salary are yet to be released.
The Braves signed Delgado, 22, as an amateur free agent in 2006. In 17 starts, the Panama native is 4-9 with a 4.42 ERA. He is in his first full season in the majors, and is considered one of the Braves top prospects. Due to a stacked farm system including prospects such as Julio Teheran, Mike Minor, Arodys Vizcaino, and Sean Gilmartin, and they felt like they could part with Delgado to improve their increasingly worsening rotation.
Adding a veteran arm in Dempster to accompany Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson, Ben Sheets, and Minor, will provide more stability to accompany their splendid young offense as they catch up to the Nationals in the AL East division title race.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, a Braves official spoke with them and confirmed the deal's agreement with the Cubs. The trade must still be approved by Dempster, who has ten-and-five rights.