Ryan Dempster is a ten year veteran who has been with the same club for five years and that gives him the right to veto trades to anywhere. That’s often a complication for the team making the trade, but not this time, as he told Ken Rosenthal recently that he’d go to “any contender.”
Rosenthal explains why some contenders may be more appealing to Dempster than others — he’s been in the NL his whole career, for example — but it certainly sounds like he’s going to be pretty amenable to a trade to whatever team wants him.
The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.
Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.
Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.