Amid reports the Atlanta Braves were close to finalizing a trade for right-handed pitcher Ryan Dempster, the Chicago Cubs veteran splashed cold water on the news.
Dempster said via Twitter Monday evening that there was no deal. The 35-year-old Canadian has a no-trade clause in his contract.
The Braves want to bolster their rotation to close the gap on the East Division-leading Washington Nationals, and Dempster has been sharp this season, with a 5-4 record and a 2.11 earned-run average.
A handful of other teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals and the Nationals, also have shown interest in obtaining Dempster, who becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
TIGERS DEAL HOT PROSPECT
The Detroit Tigers made a bold step Monday to bolster their lineup for a playoff run, acquiring right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante from the Miami Marlins, according to multiple reports.
But the Tigers gave up prize pitching prospect Jacob Turner in return.
Infante, 30, was hitting .287 with eight home runs and 33 RBI for Miami.
Sanchez 28, was 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA in 19 starts. He can become a free agent at the end of the season.
The recently recalled Turner, 21, got his first major-league win Sunday, He was 4-2 with a 3.16 ERA at triple-A Toledo. Two other prospects -- catcher Rob Brantly, 23, and left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn, 22 -- also were sent to Miami.
Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis went back on the disabled list Monday with tendinitis in his right forearm, just five days after coming off the DL with the same injury. According to an ESPN Dallas report, he will require season-ending surgery. Lewis returned to the starting rotation last Wednesday, allowing one run in five innings before the discomfort returned ... The Washington Nationals placed shortstop Ian Desmond on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a nagging left oblique strain. Desmond is hitting .286 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI. The Nationals recalled outfielder Corey Brown from triple-A Syracuse.