Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers remain the frontrunner to land Chicago Cubs righthander Ryan Dempster, and the two teams continue to go back-and-forth over which prospects the Dodgers will send to the Windy City.
One executive on a rival team said, "It appears the Dodgers are the favorite," which has been the sense for a while. Though as of 10 p.m. CDT, it didn't appear a deal was close.
The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals are also thought to have serious interest in acquiring Dempster, who is 5-3 with a major-league-leading 1.86 ERA.
Dempster's next turn in the rotation is Friday, so the Cubs may want to do a deal beforehand to avoid the risk of injury.
Dempster, who as a 10-5 player has the right to veto any trade, is said to prefer to land in L.A.
Dempster is close to Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly, a former teammate on the Cubs.