The Chicago Cubs offered to send starting pitcher Ryan Dempster straight up to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitching prospect Allen Webster, but LA turned down the offer, as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Heyman adds that the Dodgers are trying to offer a pair of lesser pitching prospects that may ultimately project as relievers.
A Dempster trade has basically seemed inevitable for weeks, but the pitcher is steadfast in his desire to be dealt to the Dodgers. The Cubs reportedly agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Braves for Dempster recently, but he exercised his 10-5 no-trade rights to prevent the deal from being completed.
Dempster appears to be waiting for a deal to the Dodgers, but it remains to be seen whether the two sides can complete a deal. Heyman notes that the Dodgers seem to prefer the Cubs' Matt Garza over Dempster, so they may be hesitant to give up quality prospects like Webster and fellow pitcher Zach Lee unless they're landing Garza.