Per Jim Bowden of ESPN the Cubs and Dodgers are just about done negotiation and have agreed on a deal for Dempster. Per Bowden they are dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s, should be announced soon. WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE! So please take it for what it’s worth, I will update as news comes in.
[UPDATE 1] Phil Rogers on MLBN says the Cubs are still pushing to get Allen Webster in the deal from the Dodgers, might be including another player.
[UPDATE 2] Kevin Goldstein thinks that if this is a multi-player deal that James Russell would be the other player going to the Dodgers. Cubs really want Webster.
[UPDATE 3] Multiple reports now that another team has emerged for Dempster and the Cubs are talking to them now. This would be the Cubs using big time leverage against the Dodgers, something they didn’t have prior to today, who’s going to blink??
[UPDATE 4] Tom Verducci just said on MLBN that the Cubs have broke off talks with the Dodgers and are not talking with the Yankees and a mystery team. Dodgers are going to have to cough up what the Cubs want or watch Dempster go elsewhere, or that’s what the Cubs want the Dodgers to think at least.
[UPDATE 5] Dempster has told Bruce Levine that he will accept a deal to the Yankees, Dodgers, or Rangers. Thanks Ryan as we sit here an hour and 15 minutes from the deadline.
[UPDATE 6] Per Tim Brown of Yahoo sports the Dodgers have pulled out of talks with the Cubs over Dempster. A very real chance that Dempster pitches for the Cubs tonight, ick.
[UPDATE 7] With just minutes to go, the Rangers are sneaking in ahead of the Yankees, nothing confirmed yet. CBS is reporting Rangers.
[UPDATE 8] Multiple sources reporting Dempster has been traded to the RANGERS, craziness. Updates coming.