That was the question posed by WSCR’s David Schuster during the Sox pregame show today.
As he explained, Dempster should be another piece sold off soon by the Cubs, who will clearly be sellers (they currently are tied for the worst record in baseball with the Minnesota Twins at 15-30) this MLB trade deadline. Dempster is an attractive player to a contending and buying team such as the White Sox, as they would be only 1.5 games behind the first place Indians should they win today.
Dempster himself knows he’s trade bait, as this quote from a Chicago Sun-Times blog posted earlier today attests:
“I’m not an idiot. I know how things go,’’ said Dempster, a two-time All-Star and the Cubs’ Opening Day starter the last two seasons. “I know how it goes with players in contract years and the team not necessarily doing like they’re supposed to be doing, there’s always a possibility of things. There’s a possibility of being traded anytime.”
Dempster pitched great again Friday night, but alas it was again in defeat- the Cubs 10th in a row. For the fourth time this season, Ryan Dempster (0-3, 2.14 ERA) finished a start with at least 7 innings and no more than 1 run allowed. He’s pitching like an All-Star but he doesn’t even have a single win.
He fits in nicely on the Southside of town as the Sox have/will have injury issues in the starting rotation. John Danks has struggled mightily this season, and his back injuries could be the reason why. He’ll miss at least one more start, possibly more. And although Jake Peavy has been dominant thus far, his recent track record tells us it’s only a matter of time before he misses starts. With Peavy, it’s usually a question of when, not if the injury bug bites. So when two members of the starting rotation are down, the Sox will need starts.
Plus, the recent acquisition of Orlando Hudson shows that the team is indeed in assertive mode. The infielder was acquired to give the team other options in the lineup should Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel continue to put up abysmal offensive numbers.
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