The latest news on Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster is that the veteran pitcher has added the Texas Rangers to his list of accepted teams, which already includes the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees:
Dempster told me he has expanded his list to Yanks and Texas as well as Dodgers.— Bruce Levine (@ESPNBruceLevine) July 31, 2012
Meanwhile, the rumors concerning LF Alfonso Soriano are anything but consistent:
The— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 31, 2012
#Cubs say that Alfonso Soriano likely staying put, but things could change in August when he clears waivers.
I just spoke with a solid source who told me that Tigers and Cubs are hard at work on Alfonso Soriano. Not sure they can make money work.— David Kaplan (@thekapman) July 31, 2012
Soriano, 36, is having a late-career resurgence with the Cubs, hitting 19 homers with a .274/.324/.504 slash. But, despite his decent production, he is still owed $36 million in the next two seasons -- far more money than his production would justify, meaning the Cubs will likely kick in money to make the deal more palatable.