The Cubs have just under two weeks until the MLB trading deadline, which means Ryan Dempster's clock is ticking.
The question surrounding Dempster is not if he will be dealt, but when and to what team?
As of Wednesday morning, the Dodgers were still considered the favorites to land the veteran right-hander. Los Angeles was the frontrunner several weeks ago, but other teams have since joined in on the fun.
According to Toni Ginnetti of the Chicago Sun Times, the Tigers, Red Sox and Braves join the Dodgers at the top of the heap.
The Nationals and Yankees were said to be involved, but Ginnetti is hearing from sources that they are not as interested as originally believed.
Dempster would make a good fit on the Braves, Tigers or Dodgers given the spacious parks in L.A. and Detroit, and the solid lineup around him on all three contenders. He could struggle in the powerhouse that is the AL East, and the Red Sox may be hesitant to deal for the veteran since Theo Epstein and Co. are very familiar with the Boston farm system.
Dempster, who is in the midst of a string of 33 straight scoreless innings, is slated to start for the Cubs Friday in St. Louis. He could very well be dealt by then.