The Chicago Cubs will likely make numerous attempts to trade pitcher Ryan Dempster before this year's trade deadline, but that wouldn't be the case if he was calling the shots. Speaking with Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times, Dempster reiterated his love for the Cubs' organization despite its recent on-field struggles:
I love being here, man. I love being a part of this organization. I want to be here and be part of what’s going to be a bright future. Sometimes you have to endure some of the tough times in the present to get to that. We’ll just see how it goes.
Dempster, 35, has been one of the best pitchers in the majors so far this season. His 2.14 ERA is currently the sixth-best in the National League and he's got an impressive 50/15 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 54.2 innings in 2012. At the end of the season, Dempster is eligible to hit free agency as his four-year contract runs out.
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