Texas Rangers Reportedly Acquire Ryan Dempster from Cubs in Deadline Deal

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 31, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 20: Starter Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 20, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The Texas Rangers made a blockbuster acquisition mere minutes before the 2012 MLB trade deadline.

According to ESPN's Buster Olney (via Twitter), the Rangers have brought in Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs:

Rangers land Ryan Dempster

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 31, 2012

The MLB's official Twitter page revealed the particulars of the trade:

UPDATE: @rangers sending 2 Minor Leaguers - 3B Christian Villaneuva and RHP Kyle Hendricks - to the @cubs in exchange for Ryan Dempster.

— MLB (@MLB) July 31, 2012

Dempster's name had been associated with many teams in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline, but the Rangers came out of the shadows as a dark-horse candidate to land the two-time All-Star.

The 35-year-old righty lit up the National League this season to the tune of a 2.25 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Had he not been playing for the lowly Cubs, his record would be much better than 5-5.

Ron Washington's Rangers were in desperate need of another starter after Colby Lewis suffered a season-ending elbow injury, and Dempster was their man.

Principal owner and president of baseball operations Nolan Ryan hoped to give his pitching staff a much-needed shot in the arm when he signed Roy Oswalt at the end of May. Things haven't panned out the way both parties thought they would, as Oswalt boasts a lofty 6.49 ERA in six starts.

The Rangers are regarded as having the most complete lineup in the American League. They are second in runs scored, first in batting average, first in on-base percentage and second in slugging.

Texas' starting rotation hasn't been terrible this year, but it hasn't been great, either. Matt Harrison and Yu Darvish have led the way with a combined 23 wins, but the production falls off after that.

With the addition of Dempster, somebody will have to lose their job unless the team chooses to go with a six-man rotation, which is unlikely.

The back end of the rotation is made up of Derek Holland, Scott Feldman and Oswalt.

Only time will tell what decision will be made, but Dempster is a definite upgrade over the latter three starters in the Rangers' rotation.