Ryan Dempster irked a lot of Cubs fans when he didn't accept a trade to the Atlanta Braves. But it turns out maybe they should be thanking him.
Dempster vetoed that trade to Atlanta back in 2012, and instead the Cubs shipped him to the Texas Rangers. That trade netted them Kyle Hendricks, who's looked sensational in the early going of his MLB career.
The former Cubs couldn't help but take a bit of a bow when discussing the current Cub on Thursday morning's edition of Kap and Haugh.
"I don't know how he got here or who he was traded for, but it sure looks like it really turned out to be a great trade for the Chicago Cubs," Dempster joked.
"It does make me feel good that I held out a little bit longer and got some good pieces. At the end of the day, in Chicago, I played here a long time and I think the world of being a Cubs player. I think the world of the Cubs organization and especially the Cubs fans. I did want to see whoever came in a return for me — you never know what kind of prospects pan out, who turns out to be good and who doesn't, who stays healthy and who doesn't — so to see at least a little bit of an early return on that, it does give me some sort of satisfaction that me going to Texas was able to give them a piece of the puzzle, hopefully, for the future."
In addition to enjoying the fruits of his labor on the North Side, Dempster had plenty of good things to say about the guy he was traded for, complimenting Hendricks on what he's been able to do so far: go 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA in six starts.
"I think he's a guy that pitches," Dempster said. "When you talk about tools, and everybody talks about fastballs — and obviously plus velocity and those kind of things are great. But to be able to have command and poise, you see a lot of guys that that's what they get it done with. And really at the big league level, that's what matters. And he's done a really good job."
Check out what Dempster had to say in the video above.