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Kaplan: Dodgers trade for Hanley could trigger Dempster deal

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Kaplan: Dodgers trade for Hanley could trigger Dempster deal

While the trade of Ryan Dempster to the Atlanta Braves appears to be dead, Cubs fans have taken to Twitter to bash the Cubs right-hander for not approving a deal that would have sent him to the Braves for 22-year-old pitcher Randall Delgado.

Dempster, as is his right as a 105 man (10 years in the big leagues and the past five with the same team) can veto any deal for whatever reason he chooses and he has made it clear to the Cubs that he will accept a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers but appears to have limited interest in playing for Atlanta. If a trade with the Dodgers cannot be worked out, the Cubs could revisit talks with the Braves but that assumes that Atlanta will not have already filled their need with another deal.

One thing working in the Cubs favor in a potential deal with the Dodgers is the hole that was created when LA traded young starter Nathan Eovaldi to the Florida Marlins in a deal that brought shortstop Hanley Ramirez to Los Angeles. That has created an immediate need to fill his spot in the rotation and has rekindled talks between the Cubs and Dodgers.

Fans that are critical of Dempster for not accepting the Atlanta trade are making assumptions without knowing all of the facts. Dempster, as the parent of a seriously affected special needs child has much more on his plate when he makes a decision than someone who has a family without those issues. We dont know the other personal issues that Dempster may be dealing with on a day-to-day basis and how those affect his children and the rest of his family and his life.

I fully expect the Dodgers and Cubs to consummate a trade before the deadline that will send young pitching back to the Cubs and while the players coming back may not be as major league ready as Delgado, they will still be players that should figure in the Cubs long-term future.

NHL Draft Profile: D Evan Bouchard

NHL Draft Profile: D Evan Bouchard

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Evan Bouchard

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 193 pounds
Shoots: Right

Scouting report:

"A highly intelligent defenseman with exceptional vision and offensive instincts. He reads the play very well and his passing ability allows him to be a constant threat in his team's transition game. He's one of the top offensive-defenseman in the Canadian Hockey League and magician-like when quarterbacking the power play."

NHL player comparable: John Carlson/Alex Pietrangelo

Fit for Blackhawks:

At 6-foot-2, 193 pounds, Bouchard is one of the most NHL-ready defensemen in this year's draft and that could be appetizing for a team like the Blackhawks, who are looking for immediate help on the blue line. But Bouchard is a right-handed shot, and drafting him would add a third high-end right-handed shot defenseman to the organization, along with prospects Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell.

You can never have enough of them, but there's only room for three before somebody would have to play on their off hand and that would mean the third would be playing on the bottom pairing. All three of these players have Top 4 potential.

Still, that may not even come into play here. The Blackhawks will seek to take the best available player, like they always have. And if they feel it's Bouchard, they'll do it.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: