Though not exactly Dwight Howard-esque, Cubs SP Ryan Dempster has seemingly gone from fan favorite to Public Enemy No. 1 in a matter of 96 hours.
Cubs GM, Jed Hoyer, along with President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, publicly announced last week that the longtime Cub would accept a trade to either the Atlanta Braves or the Los Angeles Dodgers, with LA being his No. 1 option.
Monday afternoon, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reported that the Cubs and Braves had agreed to a trade, with 22-year-old SP Randall Delgado heading to the North Side for Dempster. After every media outlet in the country had announced the trade via social media, a simple 140-character bombshell came from Ryan Dempster's official Twitter account (@RyanDempsterFDN):
"THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from!"
As people have learned since Monday, Dempster was apparently not ready to write off a trade to Los Angeles and told the Cubs he was not ready to approve any deal other than with the Dodgers.
So why tell Epstein and Hoyer he'd accept a trade to Atlanta? Only Ryan knows, and he's not telling.
After reports from ESPN surfaced Wednesday saying that now, Dempster would likely remain a Cub through 2012, it appeared the Cubs' front office was ready to make a qualifying offer at the end of the season. They would either retain his services for 2013 or, if Dempster moved on, get a compensatory draft pick in return.
Less than 24 hours later, David Kaplan of Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports that a "multi-team deal" is in the works to send Dempster to his preferred destination of Los Angeles.
With the way this week has gone, Cub fans should do what Cub fans do best: expect the worst, and hope for the best.
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