Cubs Close to Re-Inking Dempster

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Cubs are close to re-signing Dempster to a 4 year, $52 million dollar deal ($13 mil per year). I guess the timing of this leads to a few questions...whether this means the Cubs pursuit of Peavy has ended, whether Dempster and his agent didn't find any other overwhelming offers in free agency, or whether this deal was near completion when free agency started a few days ago and it just took a few more days to finish it up.

In comparison, it is being reported that the soon to be 32 year old A.J. Burnett has a 5 year, $80 million dollar deal on the table. Burnett was 18-10 to Dempster's 17-6, with about 60 more K's and an ERA well over a point higher.

Cubs Nuggets

News on Ownership, FA's, and Trades
  • Breaking News-Mark Cuban has been charged with insider trading by the SEC. I am guessing this puts him out of the running to purchase the Cubs, as even if he is exonerated, it likely gives the MLB owners an excuse to refuse him ownership.
  • The Braves are out of the Jake Peavy derby, meaning that essentially the Cubs are the only suitors, although the Pads are supposedly trying to get more teams involved. Even with the Braves being out, the Cubs still don't have the prospects to give up unless the Pads are looking to dump him for free.
  • The Cubs have made some calls to Randy Johnson, after the contract talks with the D-Backs broke down. Most experts still say that the two sides will be able to meet, but this would be an interesting addition. He's bound to miss a few starts, but still averaged over 6 innings per start this past year and had a sub 4 ERA. Not that the Cubs need a reason to put seats in the stands, but RJ is 5 short of 300 wins. The 45 year old's also 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 5 starts at Wrigley in his career.
  • Rafael Furcal is looking for a 4 year, $40 mil deal. Guessing that rules out the Cubs.