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Report: Cubs Preparing For Potential Ryan Dempster Trade By Game Time Friday

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets at CitiField on July 8, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 08: Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets at CitiField on July 8, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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The Cubs will have a pitcher from Triple-A Iowa on hand Friday in St. Louis just in case Ryan Dempster is traded by game time, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Thursday. The pitcher will likely be Casey Coleman, who was scratched from his scheduled start Friday with Iowa, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.

Rumors hvae been surrounding Dempster all season. He has career bests in ERA (a league-leading 1.86) and K/BB (3.00) in his 14 starts. The Tigers have been strongly linked to Dempster. The Red Sox, however, were out of the running as of Thursday afternoon.

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