Report: Dodgers 'very unlikely' to deal for Dempster

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Report: Dodgers 'very unlikely' to deal for Dempster

The Los Angeles Dodgers, thought to be the front-runners in the Ryan Dempster sweepstakes, are now "very unlikely" to pursue the 35-year-old ace, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

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Ken Rosenthal Source: Dodgers "very unlikely" for Cubs' Dempster. Prefer not to trade better prospects for rentals. Garza (thru 13) more logical target.
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The Dodgers would prefer not to give up their "better prospects" for Dempster, whose contract (14 million in 2012) expires after this season, Rosenthal said.
Instead, a more logical target for the Dodgers, and perhaps other ball clubs, would be Matt Garza, who is making 9.5 million this year and is third year arbitration eligible this off-season, meaning teams would likely retain his rights through 2013.
Dempster is 5-4 with a 2.11 ERA for the Cubs this season.
Garza is 5-7 with a 4.02 ERA this season, but his past successes pitching in the American League East has given him and the Cubs solid trade value.

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Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

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MESA, Ariz. – After an impressive camp where he looked like the next homegrown Cubs hitter to roll off the assembly line, Ian Happ will go to Triple-A Iowa and get ready to make his big-league debut, or perhaps build his value for a trade-deadline deal.

Along with Happ, the Cubs assigned outfielder John Andreoli and catcher Taylor Davis to minor-league camp on Monday while optioning pitchers Eddie Butler and Rob Zastryzny to Iowa, cutting their roster to 31 as the Opening Night picture comes into focus.

Happ – the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Cincinnati – batted .417 with five homers, four doubles and 17 RBI in 24 Cactus League games.

"Offensively, what was there not to like?" general manager Jed Hoyer said. "I feel like he hit the ball hard every at-bat for six weeks. It's always fun to see a young guy like that come in and open a lot of eyes."

Happ, 22, is a switch-hitter who can play second base and the outfield, skills that could help him escape from Des Moines once the need arises on the major-league level.

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Though there are questions about Happ's defense, Theo Epstein's front office and Joe Maddon's coaching staff clearly value versatility and trust young talent, moving Addison Russell to shortstop in 2015 and elevating rookie catcher Willson Contreras last season.

Stay tuned to see when/if the Cubs will have a spot at Wrigley Field, but Happ looks like he will be on a fast track.

"Whenever you're in Triple-A, you're always a call away," Hoyer said. "Sometimes it happens quicker than you think. We never expected Addie would be up in April of that year, and he was. I feel like with Willson last year, if you had asked me in spring training – would he be up in June? – I probably would have thought it would be more like a September call-up or something like that.

"You never know. Things happen. When you have good players in the minor leagues, sometimes it speeds up on you a little bit."