Aside from landing Ichiro Suzuki in a deal last week, the Yankees have been relatively quite around this trade deadline. However with the deadline just a few hours away it appears that they have stepped up their pursuit of Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, according to David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com.
Kaplan included the Yankees as one of the three teams that are still in play for Dempster. He also said that Dempster, who already vetoed a trade to Atlanta, has pre-approved all three teams involved.
In past rumors connecting Dempster to the Yankees weren’t very optimistic and certain Yankees officials even questioned whether he would be able to make the transition from the NL to the AL so easily.
Dempster, 35, is in the final year of his contract so this is strictly a rental. He has a 2.25 ERA, 7.2 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, and a 42.1 GB% this season. That ERA is by far better than his career mark and is even better than the 4.09 mark he posted from 2009-2011.