Ryan Dempster is now "very highly unlikely" to be dealt to the Atlanta Braves. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The trade that would have sent Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster to the Atlanta Braves is now "very highly unlikely" to happen, Braves general manager Frank Wren said Wednesday morning on 680 The Fan's "The Rude Awakening."
“I think it’s very highly unlikely," Wren said. "We put parameters on the deal that expired yesterday. We were moving on from the time we heard there was the potential of another club being where he really wanted to go."
On Monday, news of the potential trade broke. Some reported that it was a "done deal." But then Dempster's Foundation tweeted, "THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from!"
Dempster has the right to veto trades, having played more than 10 years in the majors and five with the Cubs. It was reported Tuesday that he prefers to go to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 35-year-old Dempster is a free agent after the season. He is 5-4 with a league-best 2.11 ERA this season.