Long believed to be heading to the Dodgers, Cubs starter Ryan Dempster was dealt to the Texas Rangers, just minutes before the 4 PM trade deadline Tuesday.
The 35-year old starter was traded for a pair of minor leaguers, third baseman Christian Villanueva and right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks. His name was one of the
biggest on this year’s trade market, but his recent injury and inconsistency scared away a few clubs.
Thanks to his 10-5 rights, Dempster had to okay the deal because of his veto power.
His contract expires at the end of this season, and Dempster is earning $14 million.
The Rangers also acquired catcher Geovanny Soto from Chicago earlier in the week.
Dempster’s name was initially believed to be heading to the Dodgers, but LA backed out after the Cubs wouldn’t include Allen Webster. Dempster told ESPN before the deadline that he would also approve a trade to Texas or the New York Yankees.