Report: Dempster still hoping to land with Dodgers

When the Cubs visited Turner Field at the beginning of this month, the Braves gained the impression Ryan Dempster wanted to play in Atlanta. But now that he has an opportunity, Dempster continues to weigh other options.

The Braves and Cubs agreed upon a trade on Monday that would send Dempster to Atlanta for right-handed pitcher Randall Delgado and at least one other Minor League player. But Dempster has the right to veto any trade because he has played at the Major League level for at least 10 seasons and with the same team for at least five seasons.

A National League source said Dempster has not yet officially exercised this right.  But as Tuesday progressed, the Braves had less reason to feel confident about this deal being completed.

According FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Dempster is holding out hope that he will eventually be traded to the Dodgers.  The Cubs and Dodgers were unable to reach an agreement when they discussed a potential trade earlier this month.

Dempster has told reporters over the past few weeks that his first preference would be to play for the Dodgers.  The Braves are believed to be second on his wish list.

If Dempster does indeed reject this trade, it is unknown whether the Braves would be receptive to trading for him if the Cubs are unable to strike a deal with the Dodgers.  Over the next couple of days, they will likely turn their attention other starting pitchers available on the trade market.

Zack Greinke has been at the top of the Braves wish list over the past month. But with hopes of potentially keeping Greinke, the Brewers are asking for a significant return that would include Julio Teheran and at least one other highly-regarded prospect.

With this kind of asking price, the Braves will be more interested in attempting to sign Greinke as a free agent this winter.



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