The Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a deal that would send starting pitcher Ryan Dempster to the National League East, says John Heyman of CBSSports.com. However, as Heyman notes, the hold could be with Dempster himself over his 10-and-5 veto rights, which allow a player with at least 10 years of Major League experience and five years with the same team to nix a trade.
braves & cubs had agreed on dempster deal. his twitter comment suggests his 10-and-5 veto rights could be in play tho— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 23, 2012
The Twitter comment Heyman is referring to is one made earlier in the afternoon by Dempster in which he claimed that there was no trade.
THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from!— Dempster Foundation (@RyanDempsterFDN) July 23, 2012
Dempster was reportedly in the Cubs' clubhouse getting dressed for the game.
Atlanta trails Washington by three and a half games entering play on Monday night. Acquiring Dempster would certainly make the division landscape a more competitive place.
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