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.

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

For Carl Edwards Jr., Memorial Day has a special meaning.

That's because the Cubs reliever has a very close tie to the armed services. 

Edwards met his fiance, Nette Smith, before her deployment in Afghanistan. Throughout her active service, Edwards kept in touch by writing her letters. Their relationship eventually blossomed, and now the couple has a one-year-old child. 

With Smith's army commitment finished, she views Memorial Day as a time to appreciate all those who serve. 

"To me, Memorial Day is a day set aside for me to remember some of the people I have met who sacrificed everything," Smith said. 

Watch the couple's entire story in the video above. 

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

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Two days out, White Sox already excited about facing former teammate Chris Sale

Fire midfielder Dax McCarty named to U.S. national team roster

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