Ryan Dempster has pitched 33 scoreless innings for the Chicago Cubs this season. Baseball insiders believe that when the 35-year-old right-hander tries to extend that streak he will be doing it in another uniform. Could that uniform be the pinstripes of the New York Yankees?
The Yankees are reportedly one of 10 teams in contact with the Cubs regarding Dempster, 5-3 with a 1.86 ERA this season.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has consistently said, however, that he is not looking to make a splash at the trade deadline. With the Yankees eight games in front in the American League East and seemingly in little danger right now that is a stance Cashman can afford to take. Writes ESPN's Buster Olney:
"Dempster could fit, but there's really no pressing need for New York. It's hard to imagine the Yankees extending themselves significantly at a time when they're beginning to run away with the AL East."
Should the Yankees trade top-level prospects for Dempster, Yankees fans?