While the White Sox are on the east coast to take on the Red Sox, members of Boston's front office may be focusing more on the other Chicago baseball team.
Source: The Red Sox are aggressive in the pursuit of Ryan Dempster. Cubs going through their process on the right-hander. Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 16, 2012
Dempster is one of the most coveted pieces on the trade market. He's currently in a stretch where he's thrown 33 straight scoreless innings, which have been sandwiched around a DL stint due to soreness in his lat muscle.
The veteran starter has drawn interest from a number of clubs around the league, most notably the Los Angeles Dodgers, who appeared to be the front-runner for Dempster's services before he landed on the disabled list last month.
The Red Sox may be a good fit for the Cubs as trading partners, since Theo Epstein knows the Boston system so well, as Olney states. He helped build up the pool of prospects, along with Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod.
With Dempster currently leading the majors in ERA and only a couple weeks until the deadline, this may be the most opportune time for him to be dealt. His stock will likely never be higher and if he's dealt now, he would get at least an extra couple of starts with his new team rather than if he was dealt right before the deadline.
The Red Sox are familiar with Dempster's work. In his last start before hitting the DL, Dempster threw seven shutout innings against Boston at Wrigley Field. It was the only game of the series the Cubs won.