Dempster Goes to Texas in Final Seconds

by kelly on July 31, 2012

UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN has reported that the Rangers have landed Dempster.

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In return, the Rangers will send 3B Christian Villanueva and righty pitcher Kyle Hendricks to Chicago, tweets Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

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Dempster gives a boost to the rotation of the Rangers, who probably felt they needed to add a piece to counter the Angels’ trade for Zack Greinke. He’s having a phenomenal season and should help Texas as they fight for the division down the stretch.

Villanueva is a 21-year-old playing in A-ball and Hendricks is 22 and also in A-ball. Fangraphs ranked Villanueva as the team’s 10th best prospect going into the 2012 season.

FROM EARLIER: With 10 minutes to go until the deadline, Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times tweets the Dodgers are out of talks with the Cubs for right hander Ryan Dempster.

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The Yankees are still a possibility but it’ll need to happen fast. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports also adds the Rangers to the mix.

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