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Dempster picks up player option, stays with Cubs

Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:56 pm
 
DempsterBy Evan Brunell

Ryan Dempster has officially exercised his player option to stay with the Cubs, CSN Chicago reports.

New GM Theo Epstein will have to allocate $14 million to Dempster, which is way above market value and better than he could have done in the market. The 34-year-old finished 2011 with a 4.80 ERA in 34 starts, way over his 3.85 ERA from a season ago, but the righty did finish with at least 200 innings pitched for the fourth straight season.

Dempster figures to pair with Matt Garza at the top of the rotation in Chicago next year, but who fills out the rotation behind the two is anyone's guess.

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Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Dempster picks up player option, stays with Cubs

Dempster isn't going anywhere.  As other posters have stated, he is a 5 and 10 man, so he has the option to shoot down any deal.  And with his involvement in the community in Chicago, I would imagine he will shoot down anything that comes the Cubs way.  

That being said, he is good for 200-ish innings a year and usually keeps the Cubs in most games that he pitches.  His days as a #1 are over, but he is a good #3 or #4.  Unfortunately, he is being paid like an ace or near ace.   Although he is a great guy, this is just another example of the horrible deals that Hendry was handing out during his tenure.  It is going to be a long year on the north side, but I would imagine it should get better in 2013 and beyond when they shed the rest of the horrible Hendry deals.


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Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 1:09 pm
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Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Dempster picks up player option, stays with Cubs

i wonder how many players actually decline their player option?  



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Dempster picks up player option, stays with Cubs

I knew that Ryan Demster was going to exercised his option to stay with the Cubs, he would make more money with Cubs. I do think that the Cubs need a number one starter, Matt Garza and Ryan Demster are good 2 or 3 starter. I could be wrong but I think that Cubs bad defense is part of the reason that Demster ERA was so high



Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Dempster picks up player option, stays with Cubs

Couldn't disagree more.  Dempster stays and will have a better year also.  Really, could another year go just as bad?



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Dempster picks up player option, stays with Cubs

It would be nice to unload the contract, but Dumpster is a 5 and 10 man ...



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Dempster picks up player option, stays with Cubs

My guess is Theo Epstein is going to/already has made a call to Alex Anthopoulos in Toronto about Dempster. The Blue Jays have a plethora of young arms in the minors that could help replenish the Cubs system, and Toronto has talked about finding a top of the rotation arm that could pitch 200 innings for them next season.

I know it's cliche to think about the Jays as a trade partner just because Dempster is Canadian, but think about it. Anthopoulos and Epstein know each other's systems well, and now don't have to worry about directly competing against each other. If Epstein gets authorized to eat 5 or 6 million off this contract, I could see the Jays throwing the Cubs a few minor leaguers in a deal that would work for both sides. An arm like Noah Snydergaard, from the Jays system with another lower level prospect would probably be enough to get it done. Or perhaps the Jays could offer someone like Eric Thames to fill out the Cubs outfield. Either way, I'm almost ready to put money down that the Cubs will trade Dempster, and I think the Jays are a great fit.


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