CHICAGO - APRIL 12: Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the Milwaukee Brewers on Opening Day at Wrigley Field on April 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

MLB Trade Deadline Rumors: Cubs Trade Ryan Dempster To Texas Rangers In Deadline Deal

The trade deadline is July 31, and the Chicago Cubs are sellers. This stream will keep you updated on everything as the 3:00 p,m. non-waiver deadline approaches.

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Ryan Dempster Trade: Cubs Acquire 2 Prospects From Rangers

After a two-month sage that included a trade to the Atlanta Braves that never was, Chicago Cubs veteran SP Ryan Dempster has been traded to the Texas Rangers. According to multiple sources, the Texas Rangers will be sending the Cubs a pair of prospects from Class-A, 3B Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks:

Villaneuva, 21, has a strong .285/.356/.421 slash with 10 homers through 425 PA in High-A and was rated the No. 10 Rangers prospect -- in a deep Rangers farm system -- heading into the 2012 season.

Hendricks, 22, has been lights-out in through 20 starts in High-A, striking out 21.6 percent of the batters he's faced while walking only 2.9 percent. He currently sports a 2.82 ERA and 2.76 FIP.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more comprehensive coverage, visit Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. For more MLB coverage, check out Baseball Nation as well as MLB Daily Dish.

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Ryan Dempster Trade: Chicago Cubs Send SP To Rangers In Last-Minute Deal

The Chicago Cubs traded Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday afternoon -- just moments before the 3:00 p.m. CDT trade deadline -- in a multi-player deal, according to a report by Buster Olney of ESPN:

The 35-year-old veteran pitcher was enjoying a career year with the Cubs. He produced a 2.25 ERA and 3.40 FIP over 104 innings with the Cubs in 2012, but was on the block because Chicago dropped out of the playoff picture very early in the season.

Dempster is in the final year of his current contract and was almost dealt to the Atlanta Braves earlier in July, but his 10-and-5 no-trade rights came into play and that deal fell through. Los Angeles was believed to be Dempster's preferred landing spot all along.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more comprehensive coverage, visit Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. For more MLB coverage, check out Baseball Nation as well as MLB Daily Dish.

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Matt Garza Trade Rumors: Cubs, Diamondbacks Possibly Exploring Justin Upton Trade

The Chicago Cubs may have a suitor for SP Matt Garza -- and it may be All-Star RF Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Upton, 24, has three years remaining on his current contract with the Diamondback, is owed around $40 million from 2013 through 2015. He has performed well through his first six seasons in the MLB, hitting 99 homers with 74 steals and 16.5 wins above replacement.

Garza, 28, currently has a $9.5 million salary with the Cubs and will be a free agent following the 2014 season. He has pitched over 1000 innings in his career spread across three franchises and sports 15.9 wins above replacement on his career.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more comprehensive coverage, visit Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. For more MLB coverage, check out Baseball Nation as well as MLB Daily Dish.

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