The Chicago Cubs have traded veteran pitcher Ryan Dempster to the Atlanta Braves, ending weeks of speculation over the final destination of the Chicago ace. While details of the trade have not yet been announced, the Cubs could receive 22-year old pitcher Randall Delgado, as reported by Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
While multiple news sources and reporters have declared the trade a done deal, Dempster tweeted "There THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from!"
Dempster had been on the wish list of many teams, with Atlanta finally landing Dempster, who currently leads the National League in ERA. Dempster, who spent nearly nine full seasons in Chicago, was the longest tenured Cub on the team. The 35-year old has a no-trade clause in his contract, but he is likely to approve the move to the Braves, according to CBS Sports.
The Braves will be hoping that adding Dempster will help their clubs 4.39 ERA. Atlanta is currently in second place of the NL East, boasting a 52-43 recrord, 3.5 games behind the Washington Nationals. If the season were to end today, Atlanta would face the Pittsburgh Pirates in the new Wild Card play-in game.
Randall Delgado is a highly regarded prospect, who has started in 17 games this season for the Braves. Delgado, a native of Panama whom the Braves signed in 2006, is currently 4-9 with a 4.42 ERA. He was named a top-50 prospect by Baseball America in 2010 and 2011, while going 23-40 with a 3.63 ERA during his time in the Atlanta minor league system. Delgado pitched well in a matchup against Chicago on July 3rd, throwing six innings while giving up three runs and striking out five.
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