Found August 02, 2012 on Los That Sports Blog:
      Leading up to Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline one of the ongoing sagas was where Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster would end up, if anywhere at all. For a while it seemed like he was headed to the Atlanta Braves, but that never materialized. The Los Angeles Dodgers were a preferred [...]
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