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Why the Dodgers didn't get Dempster

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08:17 AM ET 08.02 | Wondering why Ryan Dempster isn't in Los Angeles? [The] Dodgers never budged. They had four young pitchers whom they refused to trade for a potential free agent such as [Dempster]. And they ultimately lost Dempster to the Texas Rangers when none of their other offers satisfied the Chicago Cubs. The four untouchables in the Dempster talks, according to major-league sources, were right-handers Zach Lee, Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa, and left-hander Chris Reed. The Dodgers kept all of them -- and most of their other better prospects -- while acquiring infielder Hanley Ramirez, center fielder Shane Victorino and relievers Brandon League and Randy Choate in three different trades.

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August 2, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Because they didn't make a goof enough offer maybe..???

August 2, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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Because they didn't make a goof enough offer maybe..???

*good*

August 2, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Hats off to the Dodgers for not trading away their future for a rental player like so many other teams do to win now and most don't and weaken their farm system.

August 2, 2012  08:55 AM ET

I think their farm system is depleted--after their top 4, the rest might have been a big fall off. The Cubs took a chance that Dempster wouldn't continue blocking trades, but it paid off for them.

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August 2, 2012  09:22 AM ET

The Dodgers did a Good Job, they would probably give up a prospect or 2 for a guy like Cliff Lee and pick up his salary, Dempster was and is a rent a Pitcher!

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August 2, 2012  09:30 AM ET

Turns out, he was traded for a couple of low-level Ranger prospects ... neither of which figured in the club's long-term plans.

August 2, 2012  10:33 AM ET
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Hats off to the Dodgers for not trading away their future for a rental player like so many other teams do to win now and most don't and weaken their farm system.

Agreed. It makes no sense to ship top prospects out for a 2 month rental.

August 2, 2012  12:00 PM ET

Dempster punked the Cubs when he refused to go to the Braves. Randall Delgado would have been a great pick up for Chicago.

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August 2, 2012  06:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Because they didn't make a goof enough offer maybe..???

because dempster refuse to play for the dodgers blue,,,,

August 2, 2012  06:22 PM ET
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Yep. But the Cubs did get Vizcaino for Maholm. Could be a steal.

this trade shows the cubs got the best from this trade,,,,

August 2, 2012  09:34 PM ET

This was the first year the Dodgers had money to spend since McCourt had the team, they did well before the deadline and this off season will be even better.....IMO

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August 3, 2012  01:43 AM ET

FYI it is about winning NOW not years from now. The thing with Dempster is you know what you are getting. Unless someone was going to pay him CC or Hamels type money, I'believe he would had stayed at least another year. If the prospect were worth keeping they would be already in the majors instead of Fife.

 
August 3, 2012  02:17 AM ET

As a Braves fan, we are just glad he didn't accept the trade Atlanta. What were we thinking!

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