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Update 3:05 CST: Ryan Dempster has been traded to the Texas Rangers, according to Buster Olney. The Cubs get minor league pitcher Kyle Hendricks and minor league third baseman Christian Villanueva, according to Evan Grant.
Update 1:05 CST: Bob Nightengale tweets that the Yankees are heavily emerged in discussions for Dempster; Dodgers talks on hold.
It will be interesting to see if the Dodgers bite and pony up Allen Webster in a deal knowing they aren't the only ones in on Dempster.
Update: Jim Bowden tweets that Dempster-to-LA is close.
After vetoing a trade to the Atlanta Braves, it appeared that Ryan Dempster severely restricted his market value, as he was adamant about playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
But according to CSNChicago's David Kaplan, the Dodgers, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers are all in on Dempster. He would likely approve a trade to any of those three destinations.
This alone will help increase the offer for Dempster, especially with the Rangers getting involved. They have the prospects to offer, as well as the desire to improve after finishing as the runner-up in the past two World Series.
According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers are also in on Alfonso Soriano. But with the rumblings about Shane Victorino, Soriano's inclusion in the offer appears to be dead.
Without Soriano, a deal would be unlikely for the Dodgers, as they aren't willing to fork over the prospects that the Cubs are looking for. But with Texas and New York now involved, they may have to up the ante to get Dempster's services.
Don't expect Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer to hand Dempster to the Dodgers. They know they have to keep a reputation that they won't be walked over in a deal to accommodate a player's wants. But at the same time, keeping Dempster could create a major rift between him and the fans, as well as in the clubhouse.