Now this…Dempster Tweets trade to Braves not a done deal, yet. What a headache.
Finally, yes, FINALLY…we have a real Cubs trade to talk about!
WAITING GAME – IF DEAL GOES THROUGH CONTINUE BELOW
Good deal for Dempster. He rejoins the pennant race on a team hungry to reach October.
Atlanta is playing with urgency. It’s Chipper’s last year and these guys won’t want to repeat the disappointment of last season’s historical September collapse.
The Braves (52-43) trail NL East leading Washington by 3.5 games, but currently hold one of the two NL Wild Card spots.
I couldn’t be happier for Dempster. He’s a winning player who deserves a winning team. This might be his last shot at a ring, not to mention, the city of Atlanta will love Dempster’s southern gentlemanly qualities.
I’ll take a look at how Dempster fits into the Braves rotation a bit later.
GARZA A DODGER BY DAY’S END?
It appears any deal will include a package of players being swapped both ways.
Pitchers are headlining the trade reports, but make no mistake, Los Angeles is starved for run producers. My guess says the hold-up is position players being squabbled over.
July 19: Los Angeles ranks 14/16 in runs scored in the National League. They’ve played the most one-runs games in the majors this season (36) and are certain to fall out of the race unless they find offensive help, particularly at first base where James Loney is batting a paltry .245 with 2 HR, 25 RBI.
Bryan LaHair and Darwin Barney could be potential fits in LA, which desperately needs offensive upgrades at first base and shortstop.
Dempster was long expected to be the first Cubs trade domino to fall. A Garza deal could come to fruition by the end of the day. More trades are sure to follow.
At last, the best part of rebuilding is underway. Staying tuned…