Rumor: Yankees interested in Ryan Dempster

The Cubs are expected to be sellers at the trade deadline and with Ryan Dempster available, they have the Yankees interest, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Dempster, 35, is in the middle of one of the best seasons of his career. In 11 starts so far, he has a 2.31 ERA, a 7.7 K/9, a 2.4 BB/9 and a career high 3.15 K/BB over 74 innings.

As good as Dempster has been the Yankees don’t need him and they are likely just keeping tabs on him in case they have an injury. But things have been going well in the Yankees rotation. Since Andy Pettitte returned on May 13, they have the best ERA in the AL at 3.41 and a league best xFIP of 3.51 over the past 30 days.

It’s possible that the Yankees could deal either Phil Hughes or Ivan Nova for an outfielder which would open a spot for Dempster in the rotation. That remains highly unlikely though as Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda are free agents at the end of the year so dealing cheap pitchers who are under team control doesn’t make any sense right now. Dempster is a free agent at the end of the year too.

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4 Responses to Rumor: Yankees interested in Ryan Dempster

  1. klaus says:

    Rob, I know you think spelling and English are for dweebs, but kids read this stuff and they think you're wring in English. This is the worst opening sentence ever. Do you even re-read your stuff?

  2. Garret C. says:

    Rob, you don't have to apologize. This "klaus" dummy can't even spell the word "writing" correctly in a sentence in which he's attacking your grammatical expertise; he's clearly no guru. I love reading your articles and happen to think that if every kid in America could write at your level that would be a wonderful scenario. It would do America good if more children used you as a "writing role model". Keep up the good work!

  3. Matt_DC says:

    I really like Dempster – a good guy with a solid career. Nevertheless, I think it will take an actual injury for the Yankees to make a move.