But if talk radio and the blogosphere have it right, Dempster has long since outlived his usefulness to the Cubs and is no longer welcome at Wrigley Field. He’s being portrayed as obstructionist, as an obstacle to the new regime’s grand design.
Dempster is in the final year of a contract that pays him $14 million this season, and the Cubs have not exactly been subtle about their desire to move him. The younger, cheaper arms Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are seeking in exchange for him can’t get here soon enough.
...Dempster, though, has been a reluctant pawn in this scenario. As a 10-year major-league veteran with five years of service to one club, he can’t be traded without his consent, a leverage perk the players gained through collective bargaining more than 40 years ago.
Dempster is no dummy. He knows his long-term future with the Cubs is no brighter than Luis Valbuena’s, but his service time gives him a say in what happens next for him. He’s taking advantage of a workplace right most of us take for granted. At 35 and with 2,147 big-league innings on the odometer, he won’t get many more chances
Somehow, though, this makes Dempster disloyal to the Cubs, as if their future is his concern. When they’re trying to unload him? He’s not the one suggesting a move from Chicago.
Posted: July 28, 2012 at 07:55 AM | 40 comment(s)
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