Justin K. Aller
Free-agent pitcher Ryan Dempster is in talks to potentially return to the Chicago Cubs.
Former Chicago Cubs right-handed pitcher Ryan Dempster is in talks to rejoin the team. The free agent pitcher was a member of the Cubs from 2004 until July 31, 2012 when he was traded to the Texas Rangers for two minor league players.
Dempster, 35, went 5-5 with the Cubs and 7-3 with the Rangers last season with a total ERA of 3.38 and a 1.197 WHIP. He has reportedly received offers for two-year and three-year deals from other teams, but the Cubs have yet to offer him a contract. Both the Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers are known to be interested in Dempster.
Prior to being traded to the Rangers, the Cubs attempted to trade Dempster to the Braves, but he did not waive his no-trade clause and the deal fell through. It is thought that the inclusion of a no-trade clause could be a hurdle to the Cubs re-signing Dempster. Dempster is 124-124 with 87 saves and a 4.33 ERA in his career.