MLB Rumor: Indians Among Teams Interested in Ryan Dempster

The Cleveland Indians have been the subject of several trade rumors already this July, mostly circulating around a bat. But a new name has now emerged among the possible targets, and it just happens to be one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago has the details:

After pitching six shutout innings Saturday in a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks to extend his scoreless innings streak to 33, Chicago Cubs starter Ryan Dempster could not avoid questions about his seemingly inevitable departure from the organization.

With a little more than two weeks until baseball’s trade deadline, 10 teams have shown legitimate interest in acquiring Dempster’s services for the remainder of the season, according to industry sources. Those clubs include the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves.

On the season, the 35-year-old Dempster is 5-3 with a 1.86 ERA in 14 starts for the Cubbies. He certainly would be the cheaper option compared to his rotation partner Matt Garza, another player the Indians supposedly have been scouting recently.

We’ll see soon if there’s any more traction on these latest rumors. But given the fact the Indians seem to be competing against some of the top spenders in baseball for Dempster’s services, I’d put the odds at fairly doubtful for now.

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  • cmm13

    Sizemore for Dempster, straight up.

  • FearTheRoo

    I don’t see the Tribe making any big trades before the deadline. Usually teams can tell if they have a “shot” that year, and the Indians have found out they aren’t going to the postseason.

  • Jack

    Sound logic.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I can’t see it happening for a variety of reasons but this indicates the Indians aren’t sold on their rotation which is a good thing because it’s not what everyone had hoped. If Jimenez is the best starter you are on shaky ground to start. I don’t know just to many things that can go wrong with this team if you ask me. I feel like they are built like a house of cards and not the St. Louis Cardinals. Remove just one card and the whole thing begins to lean. There aren’t many, if any, other teams I can name that sit in such a precarious position.

  • I don’t think this would happen purely based on the fact that they no longer have the pieces to deal to get him. Chiz is hurt and the farm system is exactly rife with budding talent. I think the rotation, as is, serves well enough. If they’re going to scrape the bottom of the barrel it should be for a bat.