PITTSBURGH Ryan Dempster walked into the clubhouse a little after 10 on Wednesday morning. He drank his coffee and changed out of his grey striped suit. He went to work for the Cubs.
While Dempster prepared for his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren was already targeting other pitchers for the stretch run.
Wren went on 680 The Fan and called a trade for Dempster very highly unlikely, saying the parameters for the deal expired Tuesday.
Dempster had used his 10-and-5 no-trade rights to weigh his options and see if the Los Angeles Dodgers would swing a deal. And if Dempster changed his mind and committed to the Braves, could this work?
Im not gonna paint us in a corner one way or another, Wren told the Atlanta radio station. Lets just say that weve moved on.
Wren confirmed what we already knew: Dempsters meeting with the Cubs front office a few weeks ago laid out the Dodgers and the Braves as the two primary suitors. Dempsters slight preference was the Dodgers, because of personal reasons and his friendship with Ted Lilly.
From my understanding, the Cubs informed him in the last week that the Dodgers werent really as aggressive and they thought the deal was going to go with us, Wren said. I think he was given a heads-up along the way. I think it may be the way it was presented, as far as coming out in the media, that was the blindside, not necessarily that he didnt know this was coming down.
By Monday, Dempster had woken up from a nap and checked his phone before heading over to PNC Park. It had exploded all over social media.
Twitter and the Internet have really changed the dynamics for how we all work, Wren said. We were able to keep this deal under wraps for about three days as we worked through a lot of details and it never leaked out. And then the second we got to the point of (the Cubs) taking it to the player, it was out everywhere.