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Braves Wren: Cubs’ Dempster nixed trade because of Lilly, “personal issues”
PITTSBURGH – As the Cubs turned their efforts back to the Los Angeles Dodgers in their attempt to trade Ryan Dempster for younger pitching, Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren shed light on some of the details that led up Dempster essentially killing a potential deal with the Braves for well regarded prospect Randall Delgado.
During a radio interview with 680 The Fan Wednesday morning, Wren said the Braves have “moved on” from pursuing Dempster after “parameters on the deal expired” Tuesday following more than three days of negotiations that led to the Delgado agreement.
The Cubs continued to decline comment on the Atlanta deal Wednesday.
Highlights from the Wren interview:
ON WHERE THE DEAL STANDS NOW: “I think it’s very highly unlikely. We put parameters on the deal that expired [Tuesday]. We were moving on from the time we heard that there was the potential for another club really where he wanted to go, and he had a lot of personal reasons for that. … It’s one of those bumps in the road, but at the same time we put parameters on it that expired [Tuesday]. So we’ve moved on.”
ON MOVING ON TO A PLAN B: “I wouldn’t say Plan B, and I’ll tell you why. These things don’t move in the timeframe that you want them to move, whether Ryan Dempster was our top choice, or others. We don’t have control of when the other team’s ready to make a deal. We’ve had guys that we like a lot and we think they’re difference makers and there’s still some of those pitchers out there, and we’ll see how it goes.”
ON WHAT HAPPENED TO LOSE DEMPSTER DEAL: “In his case, from my understanding – and I’m only getting it second hand from the Cubs – they had a meeting with him a couple weeks ago and laid it out, and the primary two suitors were use and the Dodgers. And he had positive things to say about both, and he had a slight preference to the Dodgers because of Ted Lilly. He and Ted Lilly are best of friends and he’d like to go play with his friend. And I think there were also some personal issues that suited better for him. And as it went down, from my understanding, the Cubs informed him in the last week that the Dodgers weren’t really as aggressive as we were and they thought the deal was going to go with us. I think he was given a heads up along the way. I think it may be the way it was presented as far as coming out in the media [Monday]. I think that was blindsiding, not that he necessarily didn’t know this was coming down.”
ON BRAVES’ STANCE IF DEMPSTER WERE TO RECONSIDER TODAY: “I’m not going to paint us in a corner one way or another. Let’s just say that we have moved on. And we’re looking for impact pitching, someone that can make a difference for us as we go down the stretch the last two months. We feel we can win our division. But we feel we need to improve our starting pitching.”
ON IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN MAKING TRADES THESE DAYS: “I think the Twitter and the internet have really changed the dynamics for how it all works. We were able to keep this deal under wraps for about three days as we worked through a lot of details, and it never leaked out. And then the second we got to … the Cubs taking it to the player, it was out everywhere. It’s a different dynamic than we’ve ever worked in, and it does make it sometimes more difficult to get our jobs done.”