He Took the Rangers . . .

Ryan Dempster’s status was resolved at last: ESPN says the Chicago Cubs righthander is going to the Texas Rangers, after the Los Angeles Dodgers—thought to be his true preference—finally backed out of the trade talks for him after refusing to budge on the Cubs’ insistence on Allen Webster, the Dodgers’ second-best pitching prospect, in a swap for what probably amounts to a rental.

The Rangers came into play for Dempster after Colby Lewis went down for the season after surgery to fix a torn elbow flexor tendon. Dempster will shore up the rotation and add some veteran stability for Yu Darvish, who’s about to go through his first Show stretch drive. He also provides rotation insurance if Roy Oswalt (acquired from the Phillies) continues to struggle. Matt Harrison and Derek Holland also have postseason experience.

At this writing the two Texas minor leaguers going to the Cubs—one pitcher, one position player—haven’t been identified. Stay tuned . . .

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