Sources: Yankees looking at Dempster
The teams not talking seriously … yet.
The Dodgers and Cubs have been discussing a deal for Dempster. That possibility has not been eliminated entirely, but there is frustration on both sides over the requests of the other team.
The Cubs last week asked the Dodgers for a prospect package built around Class AA right-hander Allen Webster, one source said. To this point, the Dodgers have been reluctant to trade Webster or the organization’s No. 1 prospect, righty Zach Lee.
The Dodgers' position is that they have made deals without moving any of top seven to eight prospects. They will not move any of them for a rental player like Dempster.
The Braves and Cubs had reached agreement July 23 on a trade that would send Dempster to Atlanta, reportedly for right-hander Randall Delgado. But Dempster, as a player with 10 years of major league service, the last five with the same team, had the right to block any trade and he nixed the Braves deal.
The pitcher, 35, has indicated that the Dodgers were his first choice. But he said Tuesday that he would consider a trade to the Yankees, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
Dempster's ties to Yankees special assistant Jim Hendry and pitching coach Larry Rothschild could give the Yankees a chance at persuading him to waive the no-trade.
Dempster is eligible for free agency at the end of the season. The Cubs, under the new collective-bargaining agreement, would receive a draft pick for him only if they made him a one-year offer in the $12 million range.
If Dempster approves a trade, he might only be with his new team only for a short period of time. But he still would prefer to be on the west coast, one source said.
Dempster, a native of Gibsons, British Columbia, still has family in the Vancouver area. He also has a home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He has three children — Brady, 5; Riley, 3; and Finlay, 1 — and wants them to be close to his relatives, sources said.