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Dodgers irate over Cubs trade ethics breach

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09:01 AM ET 08.05 | The Cubs chances of trading Alfonso Soriano or anyone else to the Dodgers in the near future probably has been killed by the sour taste left from the Ryan Dempster saga. Sources confirmed Saturday that Cubs management did not let the Dodgers know they were letting Dempster listen in on phone calls between the team Tuesday regarding the possibility of a trade to them. The serious breach of ethics figures to affect the relationship between the two organizations, which had been on good terms until now. It all began when Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday that Dempster was on a couch in their offices at the trade deadline. "It was actually funny," Hoyer said, adding he told Dempster to "find a different office." On Wednesday, Cubs President Theo Epstein conceded Dempster actually was allowed to listen in on phone conversations with the Dodgers.

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August 5, 2012  09:49 AM ET

Probably done so that Dempster could hear what the Dodgers actually thought he was worth.

August 5, 2012  10:45 AM ET

How dumb are they? Sorry cub fans, but stupid like that will come back to bite the front office for years. What team would discuss anything with them anymore?

August 5, 2012  11:14 AM ET

Sort of like insider trading, which is as much a tradition in Chicago as it is on Wall Street.

August 5, 2012  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Epstein is a cocky toolhe inherited both cores of bostons championship teams, but thinks he was the architect. Th cubs have gotten WORSE since he's been there and heading more south.

By giving Theo no credit for Boston winning two titles, you prove that you know nothing about baseball. Or you are a hater. Either way, thanks for the laugh. Epstein was not the sole reason the curse was broken, but he played a KEY role.

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August 5, 2012  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Epstein is a cocky toolhe inherited both cores of bostons championship teams, but thinks he was the architect. Th cubs have gotten WORSE since he's been there and heading more south.

2004 yes, but 2007 was Theo's team.

August 5, 2012  01:02 PM ET

Well...the Cubs are idiots for this, but I don't see how it really made a difference. I don't see why the Dodgers would be more than irritated at this.

August 5, 2012  01:14 PM ET

I can see why the Dodgers would be upset. They were probably bad mouthing Dempster in an attempt to drive down his trade value.

August 5, 2012  02:14 PM ET

What a bizarre story. Why would any team let one of their players listen in on a private conversation regarding the potential trade of that player? I would agree that Dempster probably wasn't happy with what the Dodgers had to say regarding his ability--he's not exactly Cy Young even if he does display periodic episodes of competence. At best, this seems to have been a highly unprofessional and senseless stunt by Chicago's front office--it speaks volumes as to why that franchise seems to be perpetually floundering.

August 5, 2012  02:45 PM ET

With behavior like that the Cubs may not be able to keep winning all those World Series.

August 5, 2012  03:15 PM ET
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How dumb are they? Sorry cub fans, but stupid like that will come back to bite the front office for years. What team would discuss anything with them anymore?

The Cubs have a good track record of shooting themselves in the foot.

August 5, 2012  03:20 PM ET

Well, Dempsters first start with the Rangers shows the Dodgers got the better end of that "NO" deal.....

August 5, 2012  04:41 PM ET
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By giving Theo no credit for Boston winning two titles, you prove that you know nothing about baseball. Or you are a hater. Either way, thanks for the laugh. Epstein was not the sole reason the curse was broken, but he played a KEY role.

He said that Epstein is a cocky tool. Never said that Epstein was not a good GM.

August 5, 2012  05:00 PM ET
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Probably done so that Dempster could hear what the Dodgers actually thought he was worth.

You got it. There was an article in the NY Daily News a couple of days ago that Dempster should read. It gave a non-Chicago perspective of what the league thought of him. Basically, it was:

"The feeling among baseball people seemed to be that Dempster is a nice pickup for the Rangers, but not necessarily a postseason stopper that Cliff Lee could have been."

Dempster thinks he's in the Cliff Lee-league of pitchers. The Dodgers should relax.

August 5, 2012  05:18 PM ET

the only answer its,,, the cubs didn't want to have nothing to do with the dodgers as a club or as a team,, why would the cubs trade a pitcher or any other player to the national team as the dodgers? now lets not forget the phillies placed cliff lee on wavers strictly with one solo plan to trade lee and lee's contract to whoever wanted him, the dodgers ask them for lee and the phillies were mocking the dodgers and every team in the league,,,,,,

August 5, 2012  05:21 PM ET
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lee and the phillies

apparently the phillies didn't want to trade lee rather they were mocking the teams in need for top quality pitchers, after all the dodgers traded for victorino, trade for blaton, the dodgers try to get cliff lee, except that the phillies were just mocking them,,,,

August 5, 2012  05:21 PM ET

It's more newsworthy when the Cubbies do something right.

August 5, 2012  08:06 PM ET

Epstein is a genius in his own mind, If he let Dempster listen in on a trade conversation, he might as well had let him trade himself too. Probably would have done a better job. He so smart he still has Soriano sittting in leftfield. I can go on to say he should of let Soriano listen in too and had him a workout his own trade.

 
August 5, 2012  08:49 PM ET

The arrogent Dodgers were not smart enough to figure out that they were not going to get something for nothing. The Cubs didn't owe the the Dodgers a deal. The Dodgers were not willing to discuss any of their top 8 prospects. The Dodgers are victums of their own greed. That's baseball.

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