The fate of pitcher Ryan Dempster remains uncertain a day before the non-waiver trade deadline, but teammate Jeff Samardzija said he wouldn't be shocked if Dempster remains a Chicago Cub after Tuesday.
"Demp loves Chicago," Samardzija said Monday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "He loves pitching here, he loves playing at Wrigley. I don't know. Obviously we will wait and see, but Demp likes pitching here, and we'll see what happens. I'm just a spectator just like everyone else in that situation."
The Cubs and Atlanta Braves agreed to a deal that would send 22-year-old pitcher Randall Delgado to Chicago for Dempster. All that was left was for Dempster, who has trade veto power with 10 years in the major leagues and five seasons with the same team, to sign off on the deal.
Dempster, who reportedly had the Braves second on his list of preferred teams behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, said he would take his time deciding on the deal. Meanwhile, Atlanta pulled its offer off the table a day after news of the trade came out.
"That's between (Dempster and the front office)," Samardzija said. "I haven't really heard too much about it. The only thing I'm going off of is the fact that Demp has 10 and five rights. When you earn those rights and you put your time in in this league -- which is not an easy league -- and you get that time in then you have the right to do what you want.
"He's a grown man, and he can do exactly what he pleases. Every day he is on our team I'm a happy guy because we're a better team with him than without him."
The Dodgers have had an offer on the table since July 19 for Dempster. The Cubs would like the Dodgers' top prospect, right-handed pitcher Zach Lee, added in the deal, sources told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine. That may have caused a stalemate between the two sides.
Aside from Dempster, the Cubs are also listening to offers for Matt Garza, although he appears to be a tougher sell after an MRI revealed a slight fluid buildup in his right triceps area. He isn't expected to pitch until the end of this week at the earliest.
Through all the talk and rumors, Samardzija said the whole saga has not been a distraction for the Cubs, who are 14-9 in the month of July.
"I think you're talking about two pretty professional guys that come to work everyday regardless of any other situation that's going on," Samardzija said. "Every day they show up, they are going to pitch, they're going to pitch their butt off and do what they can to help the team win. As a teammate that's all you ask for. What happens up top there's not much you can do about it. But we come to play every day and enjoy the time we have together."
Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija joins "Waddle & Silvy" to discuss his first full season as a starter, Ryan Dempster trade talk and more.