The deal, which would ship Randall Delgado to Chicago in exchange for the 35-year-old righty, is already subject to Dempster's 10-5 trade protection rights, but Cubs manager Dave Sveum refuted that a deal had been reached on espn.com.
"I found out about it when I came off the field after early (batting practice)," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Somebody said they saw it on the website. So I got on the website and saw it and called the higher ups to make sure. And they were like 'No, nothing is happening. I don't know where that came from.' That's where we are with that."
Dempster also denied any knowledge via his foundation's Twitter account.
"THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from! (sic)" Dempster tweeted.
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