The American League West just got even more exciting.
The trade was first reported by Buster Olney of ESPN via Twitter.
Rangers land Ryan Dempster— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 31, 2012
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com provided some more details.
Correction: One of players going to #Cubs is a pitcher, one a position player. Both at Class A.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2012
#Rangers were talking Garza and Dempster to the end, trying to get one or the other. Got Dempster.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2012
#Rangers were more comfortable with Dempster medically than Garza, according to a source.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2012
This was a buzzer-beating deal by the Rangers, as the trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
With Colby Lewis missing the rest of the season because of an elbow injury and the surging Angels improving their already-dangerous rotation, it was no secret that the Rangers were looking for a high-quality starting pitcher.
They got exactly that in Dempster, whose 2.25 ERA is second best in the majors this season. The 35-year-old Dempster is also sixth in the MLB with a 1.04 WHIP.
He will be joining a rotation that already includes Matt Harrison, Yu Darvish and Derek Holland. The Angels pitching staff is still superior, but this move greatly improves the Rangers' chances of capturing the elusive World Series title.
Bleacher Report's own Adam Wells is concerned about how Dempster will fare in the hitter-friendly Rangers Ballpark.
Gabe Zaldivar of Bleacher Report echoed those sentiments.
You can now drop Ryan Dempster from your fantasy teams— Gabe Zaldivar(@gabezal) July 31, 2012
Rangers fan Nick Kucholtz doesn't want to hear any of that negativity, though.
Rangers get dempster!!#rangernation— Nick Kucholtz (@nickkucholtz) July 31, 2012
The official MLB feed tweeted out an interesting fact about the trade.
With the Rangers looking to get past their recent World Series struggles, the people at MLB Memes are hoping Dempster knows his basic safety procedures.
Ryan Dempster is a Ranger. Hopefully he knows the heimlich maneuver to prevent the three-peat choke— MLB Memes (@MLBMeme) July 31, 2012
Texas Rangers: A-
The Rangers were in the market for an elite starting pitcher, but after the Angels snagged Greinke and Cole Hamels re-signed in Philly, they weren't left with many options. Considering what was available for them, I really like this trade.
Where do the Rangers now rank among AL teams?
They were able to keep their top two prospects (Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt), and they brought in a pitcher who considerably improves their rotation.
No, he's not nearly as good as Greinke or Hamels, but in a relatively weak market for pitchers, the Rangers did just fine.
Chicago Cubs: B+
This is also a solid trade for the Cubs.
They were able to get two quality prospects (RHP Kyle Hendricks and INF Carlos Villanueva) and ensured that they wouldn't lose Dempster—a free agent after this season—while getting nothing in return.
Chicago didn't reel in the most exciting package, but it certainly improves the future of its team.