Braves move past Dempster, focus on Greinke

Braves general manager Frank Wren has not completely rule out the possibility of adding Ryan Dempster to his starting rotation before Tuesday’s Trade Deadline.  But as he prepared to watch Wednesday’s series finale against the Marlins, it appeared his clubs focus had returned to Zack Greinke and other starting pitchers that could be available via trade.

“We’ve moved on,” Wren said. “Like I told you guys last night, it’s highly unlikely that we make that (Dempster) deal.”

The Braves and Cubs agreed on Monday to a deal that would have brought Dempster to Atlanta in exchange for Randall Delgado and at least one other Minor Leaguer.  But utilizing the trade veto rights he has earned by playing in the Majors for at least 10 years and with the same team for five years, Dempster has not provided his blessing.

Because the wait extended beyond Tuesday, the framework of this deal appears to be dead.  Dempster was scheduled to start Wednesday afternoon’s game for the Cubs in Pittsburgh.

“We had certain parameters for us that expired,” Wren said. “The Cubs were fully aware of it and understood.”
Greinke has always been at the top of the Braves’ wish list and they are still evaluating the possibility of adding the former Cy Young Award winner.  Their top scout Jim Fregosi was in Philadelphia on Wednesday night to see Greinke limit the Phillies to one run and three hits in seven innings.  The veteran pitcher also homered off Cliff Lee.
Indications are that the Brewers will want top pitching prospect Julio Teheran and at least one other highly-regarded prospect in exchange for Greinke, who is set for a big payday on the free agent market this winter.
The Braves are willing to provide the five-year contract and $20-plus million annual salary that Greinke will be seeking. But the package they would be willing to provide the Brewers will be based on their confidence that Greinke would not simply be a two-month rental.

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From a Braves fan, thank you so much Dempster for wanting to go to the Dodgers. Now the Braves can pursue a pitcher that is ten times better than you and younger than you his name is Zach Greinke.

Who is Zach Greinke? The Brewers have someone by the name of Zack Greinke, though.

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I think this decision is difficult to make, but one in which we would benefit more from striking the deal and still pursuing after the end of the year if he choses to look elsewhere. This not only sends a message to the Nats, but to both the NL and AL

“The Braves are willing to provide the five-year contract and $20-plus million annual salary that Greinke will be seeking.”

This is truly surprising, but I’m glad to hear it. I just hope Wren doesn’t balk if acquiring Greinke does indeed require Teheran. Teheran will become a solid pitcher, there’s little doubt concerning that, but I don’t believe he’s going to be that ace everyone (including myself) envisioned. Let him go, he would be netting us a Cy Young winner, and one that the Braves could build their future around. Having Greinke and Beachy as our two #1 starters would be a great 1-2 punch in the future.

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