ESPN Chicago reports that one of the main holdups in the contract would be the inclusion of a no-trade clause. Dempster would be hoping to secure some stability, knowing that he won't be dealt again in the next few seasons. For a pitcher of his age, the clause would all but assure the he would be finishing his career in Chicago.
The clause could prove be a breaking point, however, as it take Dempster out of any potential deal as the Cubs continue their rebuilding process. Last year Dempster made $14 million, but it would be unlikely that he would be worth such money this offseason. If the Cubs do decide to come close to that range, signing Dempster to such a high salary with a no-trade clause could be a problem down the road.
Still, if the two sides are able to reach an agreement, a veteran arm like Dempster would be a valuable asset for the team next season.
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