I, too, am confused by the events of this afternoon.
After just about every national baseball writer in the country (including Matt Bowman, Keith Law, and Jeff Passan) reported that a deal had been struck that would send Ryan Dempster to the Braves in exchange for up-and-comin’ youngin’ Randall Delgado, Dempter had to go and ruin all the fun.
(raises hand)I know where it came from. It came from Atlanta’s beat reporter, mlb.com. cubs.com. Bob Nightengale, and about 50 other places. Oh, and Dale Sveum jumped in too, demonizing Twitter and social media, blah blah blah. But since Dale is usually the last to know anything, I figure Theo just hadn’t gotten around to telling him yet.
So, what happened? My guess is that a deal was done and someone backed out. Was it Dempster? The Cubs? The Braves? The world may never know. We *think* the current status is thus: The teams have agreed in theory to a deal, and are now just waiting for Dempster to approve or kill the deal. At any rate. MLB.com is now reporting that a deal is “close.”
Of course, this entire debacle gave the Chicago beat writers, who haven’t broken a story about the Cubs since roughly the time of the Great Chicago Fire, the chance to jump around and crow about people’s “sources.” Do I think Jeff Passan and Keith Law have better sources than the Chicago beat writers? Yes I do. If they reported a deal was done, do I believe it was done? Yes, Yes, a thousand times YES.
At any rate, the Cubs have a game to play tonight, and play they will.
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