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MLB Trade Rumors: Indians Could Be Suitors For Ryan Dempster

The Cleveland Indians are one of 10 MLB teams who have shown real interest in acquiring Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, according to ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine.

Dempster leads Major League Baseball with a 1.86 ERA and is third in the NL with a 1.02 WHIP at 35 years old. Because the veteran pitcher holds 10-and-5 rights (10 years of MLB service time, five with the same team), he can veto any potential trade.

Levine says the Cubs will be looking for young pitching and a top third-base prospect in return for Dempster (as well as pitcher Matt Garza and outfielder Alfonso Soriano), and that Chicago is scouting farm systems of potential suitors.

Dempster is peaking at a perfect time for the Cubs -- his value is higher than it has been in years, and Chicago was likely to trade him regardless of his performance this season. He's won five straight starts and has not allowed an earned run in those five starts.

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