Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Cubs are willing to pay part of Ryan Dempster's remaining contract in the right trade.
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, who allowed no runs in his three June starts, should be one of the most coveted pitchers on the trade market this July. And to make him even more enticing as a trade target, the Cubs are willing to pay part of his $14-million salary, depending on the prospect return.
The Cubs' goal is to get players and not worry about money. The Cubs' new regime wants to re-stock a weak farm system with top prospects.
Assuming the Cubs wait a couple weeks after his return before they are given any offers for Dempster, he'll have $5.8 million remaining on his contract. He'll be projected for just a little over 1 WAR meaning the Cubs would get nothing in return unless they paid the remaining part of the contract. His trade value in mid-July if they send the $5.8 million would be for about a Grade B hitter.