Braves still waiting for Dempster’s decision
As the Braves to learn whether Ryan Dempster will accept the trade that would bring him to Atlanta, they are continuing to evaluate other options. But as things currently stand, it appears it would be in their best interest if Dempster would accept.
The Braves have shown interest in Zack Greinke. But with Brewers seeking a return that would include Julio Teheran and at least one more top 15 prospect, the Braves would rather wait to pursue Greinke as a free agent this winter.
Early lTuesday afternoon, Dempster tweeted (@RyanDempsterFDN): “Nothing official to report. You will be the 1st to know. Thnx to all my fans for the support.”
Dempster provided indication he would like to play in Atlanta as recently as three weeks ago when the Cubs were playing at Turner Field. But his decision to prolong this decision is a right he has earned as a 10-and-5 player.
The Braves remain optimistic that Dempster will agree to the deal and if he does they could given him the option of starting Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Marlins. Dempster is currently scheduled to start for the Cubs during their Wednesday afternoon game in Pittsburgh.
With this in mind, time might be running out on that option of Dempster pitching for the Braves on Wednesday, but it is one that might give Tommy Hanson a chance to strengthen his arm with a few extra days of rest.
Hanson said he felt fine physically after allowing eight earned runs in just four innings against the Nationals on Friday night. He surrendered two home runs that night — one to Michael Morse on an 89 mph fastball and the other to Ryan Zimmerman on a 90 mph fastball. According to Fangraphs, this is essentially where his fastball has rested most of the season.
Still given Hanson’s velocity has not shown much improvement since he got a couple extra days of rest during the All-Star break, it might be in his best interest to stay on schedule with the hope this would allow him to prove more consistent with his command.