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The Cubs are “trying to bend over backwards” to trade Ryan Dempster to the Dodgers

Ryan Dempster

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh Wednesday, July 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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So this is still happening:

Source: #Cubs “trying to bend over backwards” to get Dempster to #Dodgers, his desired team. Talks continue.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2012


Can’t imagine that’s going too well for the Cubs. If they liked the Dodgers original offer they never would have moved on to the now-aborted deal to the Braves. And in light of that, if you’re the Dodgers the price you’re willing to pay has not gone up.

Lessons in leverage are often the hardest lesson. The Cubs have very little of it. The Dodgers have more. Ryan Dempster has the most of all.