Trade Rumor Roundup – 7/23
* While Ryan Dempster is expected to be dealt before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, it will not likely be to the Braves on Monday in exchange for young right-hander Randall Delgado, who was reportedly in line to be included in the deal.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reported that the Braves had reached an agreement to acquire Dempster from the Cubs earlier in the day, however the deal has not been officially completed. Because Dempster has played in the Majors for at least 10 years and has been with the same team for at least five years, he has the right to veto any deal.
Dempster, who leads the Major Leagues with a 2.11 ERA, declined to comment Monday on the rumors. He did deny reports that a deal had been completed on his Dempster Family Foundation Twitter account (@RyanDempsterFDN), saying, “THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from!”
“The team, the whole thing, was news to me — the team obviously is the one that leaked it out, or it came out of their city,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of the Dempster-to-Braves reports. “Obviously, we can’t sit here and say it can’t happen. Anything can happen at this point. We have eight days until the Deadline. All the teams that are involved and want starters and need starters are all in play.”
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are still expected to be in the running for Dempster, with many suspecting he has told the Cubs that Los Angeles is the only team he’ll approve a trade to.
* The Marlins and Tigers completed a trade on Monday, with Miami sending second baseman Omar Infante and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers for Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly, Brian Flynn. The teams agreed to swap competitive balance picks in 2013.
* Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is also reporting that the Red Sox are scouting Marlins starter Josh Johnson. However, no deal is close, according to Cafardo.
* In the biggest splash of the day, Ichiro Suzuki is headed to the Bronx in exchange for right-handers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar, who will both go to the Mariners.
“He’s done some great things in the league,” Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. “Offense, defense, there’s a lot of different ways he can beat you. He’s been as consistent as anyone.”
— Quinn Roberts