Braves: We've 'Moved On' From Ryan Dempster

It looks like the Atlanta Braves won’t be acquiring Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs after all. Dempster had supposedly named the Braves as one of a number of teams he’d agree to be traded to — he has 10-and-5 rights and can veto any deal — but when a proposed deal got leaked Monday, all heck broke loose.

Wednesday morning, Braves GM Frank Wren told an Atlanta radio station that the deal is likely off:

The Cubs want to deal Dempster because his contract expires at the end of this season and they want to retool with young pitching. The Braves are in contention and could have used Dempster to bolster their rotation. Could this be posturing? We’ll find out before the non-waiver trading deadline Tuesday.

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