It looked like this was going to be the case when the Cubs and the Atlanta Braves agreed on a trade that would have sent young right-hander Randall Delgado to the Windy City, but that trade fell apart due to a variety of circumstances.
Just don't accuse Dempster of rejecting the trade, because he apparently never said no to the deal (whatever you say, old sport).
Instead, the Braves ended up with veteran lefty Paul Maholm, acquiring him and outfielder Reed Johnson for young hurlers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.
Going for Dempster and ending up with Maholm may seem like a defeat at first glance, but it's not. On the contrary, Braves general manager Frank Wren made a much better deal in landing Maholm instead of Dempster.
No, Maholm can't match Dempster's 2.25 ERA, but there are other dynamics to this deal that make him a more valuable acquisition for the Braves.
Ahead of you is a super-duper helpful breakdown.
Note: All stats come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.