Kaplan: Dodgers trade for Hanley could trigger Dempster deal

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Kaplan: Dodgers trade for Hanley could trigger Dempster deal

While the trade of Ryan Dempster to the Atlanta Braves appears to be dead, Cubs fans have taken to Twitter to bash the Cubs right-hander for not approving a deal that would have sent him to the Braves for 22-year-old pitcher Randall Delgado.

Dempster, as is his right as a 105 man (10 years in the big leagues and the past five with the same team) can veto any deal for whatever reason he chooses and he has made it clear to the Cubs that he will accept a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers but appears to have limited interest in playing for Atlanta. If a trade with the Dodgers cannot be worked out, the Cubs could revisit talks with the Braves but that assumes that Atlanta will not have already filled their need with another deal.

One thing working in the Cubs favor in a potential deal with the Dodgers is the hole that was created when LA traded young starter Nathan Eovaldi to the Florida Marlins in a deal that brought shortstop Hanley Ramirez to Los Angeles. That has created an immediate need to fill his spot in the rotation and has rekindled talks between the Cubs and Dodgers.

Fans that are critical of Dempster for not accepting the Atlanta trade are making assumptions without knowing all of the facts. Dempster, as the parent of a seriously affected special needs child has much more on his plate when he makes a decision than someone who has a family without those issues. We dont know the other personal issues that Dempster may be dealing with on a day-to-day basis and how those affect his children and the rest of his family and his life.

I fully expect the Dodgers and Cubs to consummate a trade before the deadline that will send young pitching back to the Cubs and while the players coming back may not be as major league ready as Delgado, they will still be players that should figure in the Cubs long-term future.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.