Update: Tuesday, July 24 at 1:50 p.m. by Tim Daniels
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports Dempster's decision has been delayed because the Braves are not his first choice. Dempster prefers a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers even though the Cubs have worked out a deal with Atlanta.
Since the veteran pitcher has been in the league for at least 10 seasons and a member of one organization for at least five, he has the right to veto any potential trade. As of now, it appears his heart remains set on heading to the west coast.
The Dodgers and Cubs have been unable to find common ground on a trade for Dempster, according to Rosenthal.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 24, 10:15 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
While there was mass confusion over the trade that would send Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster to the Atlanta Braves, more details have emerged about exactly what happened and what is next.
ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting about Dempster’s willingness to accept the deal, but may feel jaded by the way he discovered he was being dealt:
But when trade leaked out in media Monday before #cubs informed him, Dempster was not happy. Felt blindsided, said a source.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 24, 2012
If the deal does get approved by Dempster, CBS Sports insider Jon Heyman is reporting about what the Cubs would be getting in return:
as a couple mentioned yesterday, if the dempster deal does occur as constructed, #cubs would receive rhp randall delgado— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 24, 2012
This is a great deal for all parties involved, but it was the chaos of getting to this point that should have MLB GMs across the league scared. With the rise of Twitter, there is no secret that isn’t almost instantly accessible on the web.
Dempster deserves better than finding out through the media, but we live in an instant world. Once he is in Atlanta, he won’t have to worry about the Chicago drama anymore.
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According to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat, there is no trade officially in place yet:
There were multiple reports from numerous sources that had the two-time All-Star on his way to "Hotlanta" to help the Braves in their playoff push, but the deal has not gone through yet.
Just because it hasn't been completed doesn't mean that we won't see Dempster in a different uniform for the first time since the righty left the Cincinnati Reds for the Windy City in 2004.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien (via Twitter), Braves' manager Fredi Gonzalez clarified that the deal is not dead by any means:
#Braves Fredi G on Dempster trade situation: "I know what you guys know. Well, I little bit more.... We're in a holding pattern."— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) July 23, 2012
A "holding pattern" is not what Braves fans were hoping for, but the chances of the organization bringing in the pitcher with the best ERA (2.11) in the majors are far from slim.
The snag in the deal could be because of Dempster's veto power, also known as a player's 10-and-5 rights. The rights allow a player who has accumulated at least 10 years of service in the MLB to deny a trade or minor league assignment if the player has played at least five years with his current team.
Social media sites have added to the already plentiful trade deadline rumors, and Cubs manager Dale Sveum wasn't too happy about it (per CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney via Twitter).
Even Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, who has an outstanding reputation as a sports reporter, tweeted that the deal was in fact done:
We have ourselves the first real mess of the trade deadline speculation, as the Braves are reporting the deal is close, but the Cubs are saying that is not the case.
Acquiring Dempster would provide the Braves with an excellent option in the starting rotation following Brandon Beachy's season-ending Tommy John surgery.
The Cubs are in rebuilding mode and will be for the foreseeable future, so it's no surprise that Theo Epstein and the rest of the front office are working toward integrating more young talent into the organization.
Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all the latest information on this prospective trade and others.