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08:14 AM ET 06.12 | More playoff teams mean more playoff races, which mean fewer teams getting ready to sell this time of year. My list would include the Cubs, Padres, Rockies, Mariners, A's and perhaps the Twins and Royals. Every other team -- including the Astros -- can easily claim they're still chasing the postseason. But when you run down the possible trade chips on those teams, there isn't much out there to excite your rumor mills. Which is why teams in need of a starting pitcher should be going after Ryan Dempster now. ... [Unless] the Cubs decide to part with fellow starter Matt Garza, Dempster appears to be the guy on the market this year, unless we see some creative contender-contender deals.

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June 12, 2012  08:19 AM ET

Run Dumpster.

June 12, 2012  08:28 AM ET

I thought it was Youk.

June 12, 2012  09:07 AM ET

This guy's relatively underrated. Over the last four years, he's averaged over 200 innings per season with a better than average ERA. That's a valuable piece.

He's 35 and in his last year of his contract with the Cubs; I'd be surprised if he plays out the season there.

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June 12, 2012  09:14 AM ET

I like Santana of the Mets, he will be the hottest commodity!!!

June 12, 2012  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I thought it was Youk.

Nobody wants that sweaty chrome-dome without getting some of his salary picked up.

June 12, 2012  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

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#1 dad shirts suck. Goodbye.

June 12, 2012  09:43 AM ET

i think santana is damaged goods. dempster and garza are too old. bring up the kids!!!!!

June 12, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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Nobody wants that sweaty chrome-dome without getting some of his salary picked up.

If I was the Red Sox, I would package Ellsbury in a deal as soon as he gets healthy and go after a real ace pitcher, like King Felix. He is by far their biggest chip.

June 12, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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Expect the Yankees to be involved............

Yanks have Sabathia, Pettitte, Kuroda, Nova, and Hughes. They won't add Dempster. Don't need him.

June 12, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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If I was the Red Sox, I would package Ellsbury in a deal as soon as he gets healthy and go after a real ace pitcher, like King Felix. He is by far their biggest chip.

Considering Ellsbury will be unsignable, that isn't such a bad idea.

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June 12, 2012  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This guy's relatively underrated. Over the last four years, he's averaged over 200 innings per season with a better than average ERA. That's a valuable piece.He's 35 and in his last year of his contract with the Cubs; I'd be surprised if he plays out the season there.

No point for the Cubs to hang on to him... will be interesting to see what they're asking for in return. My guess is a 2nd tier prospect.

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June 12, 2012  10:18 AM ET
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i think santana is damaged goods. dempster and garza are too old. bring up the kids!!!!!

Garza is 28....

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June 12, 2012  10:21 AM ET
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I blame Bora$$

So do I. In the end, we all pay extra at the gates for his clients to play.

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June 12, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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Yanks have Sabathia, Pettitte, Kuroda, Nova, and Hughes. They won't add Dempster. Don't need him.

Yep any WS contender has to hang on to an arm like Hughes. What's not to like? 2012 ERA of 4.76, giving up 2 HRs per 9 innings this season. Add to that the last time he had an ERA below 4 was the 2009 season. He's definitely untouchable in a trade scenario.

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