Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago is reporting that the trade fever surrounding Chicago Cubs veteran SP Ryan Dempster has cooled off considerably from Monday:
Dempster in the Cubs clubhouse. Deal w Braves looks to be dying on the vine.— Doug Padilla (@ESPNChiCubs) July 24, 2012
Dempster says he's taking time to weigh options on what's right for him. Plans to pitch for Cubs tomorrow.— Doug Padilla (@ESPNChiCubs) July 24, 2012
Monday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves beat reporter had announced the Cubs had traded Dempster to the Braves, but the announcement preceded Dempster's approval and left the 35-year-old pitcher felt "blindsided" when heard about the trade via the media.
Dempster, as a 10 and 5 veteran (10 years in the league, 5 with his present team), has the ability to veto any trade the Cubs present to him. He reportedly has an interest to play on the west coast.