Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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Ryan Dempster technically is still a member of the Chicago Cubs. How much longer remains to be seen. A whirlwind Monday featured reports that Dempster had been traded to the Atlanta Braves. However, Dempster was in uniform for the evening's 2-0 victory at Pittsburgh, and the Cubs said there was "no news." Dempster himself did not wish to comment, but he did send out a tweet saying there was "no trade." Instead, he told reporters he had to get ready for Wednesday's start -- for the Cubs -- in the series finale against the Pirates. Realistically, one has to figure Dempster will be traded by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. He is 35 and can become a free agent at the end of the season. He also has the best ERA in the major leagues (2.11) among qualifiers. No trade of Dempster can happen without his approval because he has "10-and-5" rights, meaning he has at least 10 years of major league service and five with one team. Dempster was in uniform for Monday's game and coul...
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