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Ryan Dempster Trade Rumors: Best Time To Deal Ace?

With the Chicago Cubs in the midst of another forgettable season, it might be time to look towards the future. With that mindset and the trade deadline just 16 days away, general manager Theo Epstein must certainly be looking for youngsters to add into the fold for the future.

Ryan Dempster is a name that could draw some serious interest from contending clubs. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, there might never be a better time to send the veteran out of town for a substantial package.

In the piece, Olney outlines that no fewer than 10 teams would be in the hunt for Dempster. Those organizations include the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers among others.

Dempster has of course being masterful in 2012, with a sterling 1.86 ERA. The righty only has five wins, but that's only due to a major lack of run support.

Olney muses that if Dempster is traded now, it will be easier for the Cubs to take offers for Matt Garza, another veteran pitcher who could net a nice haul.

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