The Dodgers withdrew from negotiations with the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Ryan Dempster shortly before the 1 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.
Dempster instead was sent to the Texas Rangers.
Even without landing Dempster, the Dodgers were arguably the team that improved itself the most over the last week.
A week ago Tuesday, they landed three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate. Monday night, they acquired another former All-Star, reliever Brandon League, from the Seattle Mariners. Tuesday morning, they landed a third former All-Star, Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Dodgers and Cubs were in talks regarding Dempster for several weeks but couldn’t agree on the prospects that would be involved in a deal. The Dodgers were unwilling to part with top-tier pitchers such as Zach Lee and Allen Webster to acquire a rental player.
Dempster, 35, will be a free agent at the end of the season. He is still owed about $5 million of his $14-million salary, which the non-contending Cubs were desperate to shed from their payroll.