Ryan Dempster is no longer a Cub, but he is not a Dodger.
The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, and Shane Victorino will be the only Dodger acquired on July 31. Ryan Dempster, long rumored to go to the Dodgers, is now a member of the Texas Rangers instead.
This doesn't necessarily mean the Dodgers are done, as deals can still be made up to August 31, but players now have to pass through waivers before they can be traded. But will the Dodgers even make another move for a starting pitcher, or will they simply wait for Ted Lilly to return from the disabled list.
With two more rehab starts scheduled for Lilly, the earliest he can return to the Dodgers is August 13. That means two more starts for the fifth slot in the rotation, on August 1, and August 7. Stephen Fife, with two big league starts to his credit, will likely get the call for those starts. Though the Dodgers didn't want to deal Allen Webster; maybe they are high enough on him to accelerate his future, especially if Lilly needs more than two more rehab starts.
As for the immediate future, Victorino doesn't figure to play Tuesday night per Patrick O'Neal on MLB Network, as the outfielder is flying in from Washington DC. When he does arrive, it will be interesting to see what move will be made to add Victorino to the active roster.