The Chicago Cubs are trying to trade starting pitcher Ryan Dempster to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the teams haven't yet agreed on the prospects Chicago would receive for the veteran right-hander, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
CBSSports.com's Scott Miller also reported that the talks between the teams are "gaining momentum." Miller writes that Los Angeles will not trade top prospects Zach Lee or Allen Webster in a deal. The Dodgers already acquired infielder Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins in a trade this month.
The Cubs had reportedly agreed to send Dempster to the Braves last week, but that deal fell apart. Chicago, which has the fifth-worst record in the majors, wants to trade some of its veterans for prospects but has so far been unable to make a deal.
Fellow starting pitcher Matt Garza was likely to be moved, but he is out until after the trade deadline with an injury and unlikely to be moved. That makes dealing Dempster even more of a priority. But Dempster needs to approve any trades, limiting the Cubs' options. He reportedly prefers to be dealt to Los Angeles. The 35-year-old Dempster is 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA this season. He would give Los Angeles another strong starting pitcher to fill out the middle of its rotation.