Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14

The Los Angeles Dodgers, desperate to fill a gap in their starting rotation, are making a play for Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster.

Pitcher Ryan Dempster chats with Cubs “wonderboy” President Theo Epstein who is reportedly weighing the Dodgers offer for Dempster.

The Dodgers have yet to mention the names of the players they would send in return but the Cubs are reportedly seeking prospects of all sorts. The question may be exactly who the Dodgers can offer. Pitcher Zach Lee, selected by the Dodgers with their first pick in the 2010 draft, appears to be the prospect most often mentioned in trade rumors.  Lee, 20, is currently 0-2 with an 8.82 ERA at the Dodgers Double A affiliate in Tennessee.

Dempster, 35,  is 5-3 with an ERA of 1.86 this season.  He has not allowed a run in his last five starts, a total of 33 innings.  Dempster is in the final year of a contract scheduled to pay him $14 million so he might be just a “rental” as far as the Dodgers are concerned.

The Dodgers have two starting pitchers, Ted Lilly and Chad Billingsley, on the disabled list.  Lilly is on the 60 day disabled list with shoulder problems.  GM Ned Colletti said Lilly might still be able to return this season.  Billingsley (4-9) was recently added to the 15 day DL with a sore elbow although he was already in the Dodgers “doghouse” after losing his previous five starts.  Manager Don Mattingly revamped the rotation during the All-Star break moving Billingsley from the number two spot in the rotation to number four.

Fifth starter Nathan Eovaldi (1-6) has been up and down this year. He gave up a total of 13 runs in his final two June starts but has given up a total of just four runs in his first two July starts.

Meanwhile, there is a question of whether obtaining an aging veteran like Dempster would be counter to team president Stan Kasten’s remarks that fixing the Dodgers “probably can’t be done overnight.” Kasten said trades should “be governed by reason” and “make sense long term.”  You can read Kasten’s thoughts here.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

PHOTO: Auburn coaches, players wear ribbons for Mason

Dustin Penner apologizes after sending rape joke on Twitter

Report: Cowboys to use franchise tag on Dez Bryant

Report: Panthers officially parting ways with Greg Hardy

Could the Eagles release LeSean McCoy?


AEG: Inglewood stadium would be a terrorism target

Former Knick Anthony Mason dies at age 48

Report: Blackhawks, Caps discussed Patrick Sharp trade

Giancarlo Stanton was 'angered' over $325 million offer

Colts, Cardinals, Cowboys interested in Adrian Peterson?

How much will Rousey and Zingano make for their fight?

Alabama recruits aim to bring the dynasty back

WATCH: Jon Jones, Rumble Johnson prank Dana White

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Ray Rice addresses domestic violence case, his future & more

Kentucky raffling off Wildcats-themed motorcycle

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell throws down monster alley-oop

WATCH: Tyler Hansbrough, Festus Ezeli ejected for fight

WATCH: Russell Westbrook literally gets dent in his face

WATCH: Knicks' Alexey Shved tosses wild pass into stands

Ten players ready to make the leap in 2015

WATCH: Reggie Bush says he won't quit football

PHOTO: ECHL team will wear Dr. Seuss jerseys

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Could Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

AEG plays dirty with Inglewood stadium

Anthony Mason dies at age 48

Westbrook got dent in his cheek

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

WATCH: Barkley rips analytics again

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.