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    Cubs Starting Germano instead of Dempster Tonight

    Ryan Dempster’s turn comes up Monday night but the Cubs are starting Justin Germano instead, one more deal sweetener in hopes of landing somebody they like before Tuesday’s trade deadline. This way if a trade can be worked out, Dempster can start as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday for his new team.

    That team is most likely to be the Dodgers, although a source in Atlanta says not to rule out the Braves, assuming Dempster has become open to doing the deal he killed a week ago. The Braves want a starting pitcher but only one who could work one of the first three games of a playoff series, and that list only included Zack Greinke and Dempster a week ago.

    With Greinke now an Angel, the Braves remain interested in Dempster, especially if the Cubs will pay part of his salary to make a deal happen. But Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer continue discussing deals with the Dodgers, including a Hail Mary package that could include Alfonso Soriano.

    Interestingly, the Giants also have discussed Soriano with the Cubs. With Melky Cabrera no longer an RBI machine and Pablo Sandoval’s health a concern, they seem highly motivated to add an outfielder. They’re in on Hunter Pence and Shin-Soo Choo, but Soriano has been hitting with more power than either of those guys.

    Your Morning Phil: Dempster, DeJesus, Pirates - chicagotribune.com



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    Re: Cubs Starting Germano instead of Dempster Tonight

    I've been seeing quite a bit today on a Dempster/Soriano package to the Dodgers.



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    Re: Cubs Starting Germano instead of Dempster Tonight

    Dempster was never supposed to start tonight.



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    Re: Cubs Starting Germano instead of Dempster Tonight

    The fate of pitcher Ryan Dempster remains uncertain a day before the non-waiver trade deadline, but teammate Jeff Samardzija said he wouldn't be shocked if Dempster remains a Chicago Cub after Tuesday.


    "Demp loves Chicago," Samardzija said Monday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "He loves pitching here, he loves playing at Wrigley. I don't know. Obviously we will wait and see, but Demp likes pitching here, and we'll see what happens. I'm just a spectator just like everyone else in that situation."
    Samardzija: No shock if Dempster stays - Chicago Cubs Blog - ESPN Chicago




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    Re: Cubs Starting Germano instead of Dempster Tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    Dempster was never supposed to start tonight.
    In his 3 starts since the All-star break, he has started the game following Malholm's start. He has not pitched July 25, so today is the 5th day since his last start. While he was never penciled in to start tonight (the rotation for the upcoming series was set on Saturday), its pretty obvious the rotation was altered.



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    Re: Cubs Starting Germano instead of Dempster Tonight

    I thought Garza was supposed to start tonight, but is unable to because of injury.



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    Re: Cubs Starting Germano instead of Dempster Tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by spierceisu View Post
    I thought Garza was supposed to start tonight, but is unable to because of injury.
    Yep, that's how it's been for a week now. They pushed him back when the did the MRI on Friday.



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    Re: Cubs Starting Germano instead of Dempster Tonight

    In other news, it looks like Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto just got traded. Both were pulled mid-game and were shown receiving a lot of bro-hugs from everyone in the dugout. No official word yet, but hopefully they got something decent in return.



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