Rangers Acquire Ryan Dempster
By Richard Janvrin-TRST Senior MLB Analyst Follow Richard on Twitter: @RJanvrin3_TRST
The Texas Rangers have agreed to acquire starting pitcher Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs, tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney.
According to Olney, two weeks ago, the Rangers were not interested in Dempster. The Braves and Dodgers were the favorites, but Dempster vetoed a trade earlier this month to the Braves because of his 10-5 rights. The Dodgers, who Dempster really wanted to go to, back out on Dempster in the last few minutes as the deadline approached.
$4.9MM remains on Dempster’s current contract.
The two Class A players the Cubs have acquired are third baseman Christian Villanueva and righty Kyle Hendricks.
Villanueva, 21, is rated as the #100 prospect pre-2012. Villanueva is batting .285/.356/.421 with 10 home runs and 59 RBIs this season for Class A+ Myrtle Beach.
Hendricks, 22, was drafted in the 39th round in the 2008 draft and is 7-10 in his minor league career with a 2.65 ERA in 41 games (21 starts). This season he’s 5-8 with 2.82 ERA with a 7.7 K/9 in 130.2 IP.