The Chicago Cubs are in last place in the National League Central, and depending on who you believe, are prepared to deal many pieces on their roster not named Starlin Castro or Jeff Samardzija. This brings us to the latest with Ryan Dempster, who according to sources for ESPN, met with team president Theo Epstein about that very topic.

In fact, Dempster and Epstein met in full view of reporters, taking to the stands in Wrigley Field during batting practice Wednesday to talk. Dempster, who owns 10 and 5 rights to veto any trade, told reporters:

We discussed a lot of things and obviously there are a lot of things being talked about.” We talked about being on the same page and trying to do what is best for our team.

On the season, Dempster has recorded a 21.3% strikeout rate and 3.26 FIP. He has averaged 33 starts for the Cubs from 2008-2011 and been an All-Star twice. After making $14 million this year, Dempster will be a free agent at season’s end. He may be an attractive rental player for a contending team in need of a starter down the stretch.