MLB notes: Dempster prefers Dodgers 0
Ryan Dempster would prefer to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Amid speculation the Chicago Cubs right-hander vetoed a trade Monday to the Atlanta Braves, a source told Fox Sports that Dempster would rather be dealt to the Dodgers.
The 35-year-old from Gibsons, B.C., is poised to become a free agent at the end of the season, and it has become clear in recent weeks that the Cubs are planning to deal him before the non-waiver trade deadline, July 31.
The Braves reportedly were set Monday to send right-handed pitcher Randall Delgado, 22, to the Cubs for Dempster. But Monday evening Dempster said via Twitter that there was no trade.
Because he is a 10-year major-league veteran with the past five seasons on the same team, Dempster has the right to block a trade. Sources said he would prefer Los Angeles so he would be closer to family in Vancouver.
The Cubs also have talked trade with the Dodgers, but discussions apparently reached a stalemate.
"I want to look everything over first before I make any decisions and I have time to do that," Dempster told reporters Tuesday in Pittsburgh. "There's a week before the trading deadline. That's where I stand on it."
UPTON COULD STAY PUT
Trade speculation has surrounded outfielder Justin Upton the past few weeks, but it seems likely he will be with the Arizona Diamondbacks at least through the end of the season.
"I would be completely shocked if anything were to happen in-season," Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "You have a better chance of moving a star-calibre player like Justin in the off-season, when teams know exactly where they finished and where they're heading, and they can get more creative."
Upton, 24, was hitting .276 with only eight homers and 41 RBI entering play Tuesday night. He slugged 31 homers in a breakthrough 2011 season, to go with a .289 average and 88 RBI.
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