Developing: Braves set to acquire Dempster for Delgado (UPDATE: Or Not)
The Braves appear to have agreed in principle on a deal that would bring MLB ERA leader Ryan Dempster to Atlanta for a playoff run. In exchange, the Braves would likely send Randall Delgado to the Cubs.
Dempster, 35, is a free agent after the season and will likely hope for one last 3-year deal at the season’s conclusion. He recently had a streak of over 30 consecutive scoreless innings snapped.
Delgado was ranked among Baseball America’s top-50 prospects before both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He has a 3.98 ERA and 1.374 WHIP in 24 Major League starts between 2011 and 2012. His control is suspect, as he sports a 4.0 BB/9 mark in his young career.
The deal requires Ryan Dempster’s approval, as he is a 10/5 player (10 years in the league, with at least 5 for one team). That appears to be the only hold-up. If acquired, Dempster could go on Wednesday for Atlanta with 4-days rest.
UPDATE: Dempster has exercised his 10/5 rights; the Cubs are currently trying to work out a deal with the Dodgers.