Everyone understands that Ryan Dempster is a 10 and 5 guy. If you don’t know what that means, here’s a definition for you.
Players who have been with a club for 5 consecutive years and have been a major league player for 10 years cannot be traded without their consent.
Dempster has every right to deny any trade for any reason, good or bad.
Ryan Dempster’s comments from earlier in the year…
Waddle and Silvy interview
“I think I would be doing everybody in that locker room and anybody who is a Cubs fan and most importantly the Cubs organization a huge disservice if I didn’t put all my focus and attention on trying to make my start and do the best I can to help us win,” Dempster said Wednesday on The Waddle & Silvy Show. “By doing that you’re ultimately helping the team. You’re in a situation where if it does happen they are going to do what’s best for the Chicago Cubs, and I’m all for that.”
Paul Sullivan interview
“Any one of us is susceptible to being traded. For me, it’s a little different because I have the right to say ‘no.’ … Obviously I want to do what’s best for this organization. They’ve done nothing but right by me.”
If you need a smoking gun, that’s it folks. Dempster is on record saying that he would accept any reasonable deal to a contender that would benefit him and the Cubs. Of course he can change his mind, but the Theo and Jed would not have agreed to a deal with the Braves if they thought Dempster would turn it down in my opinion, stay tuned.
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