Ryan Dempster had a terrific first half. So did JJ in 2010. There’s no guarantee Dempster will continue to pitch like an ace, and his career numbers suggest he won’t. Most likely he’ll be another third starter in a rotation that has nothing but (with the exception of JJ).
Hell, I’m not even certain Dempster will have a better second half than Randy D. The veteran Little Bear had a 4.80 ERA last season and a WHIP near 1.5. Those are Derek Lowe numbers, and they’re not far removed from Dempster’s career norms (4.31, 1.432). By the way, he’s 0-8 in 16 appearances (10 starts) at Turner Field.
He turns 36 next spring, so I wouldn’t be keen on re-signing him — not with Huddy and, perhaps, Ben Sheets, coming back.
If you’re going to trade Randall, you better get an ace in return. Or at least Matt Garza. The Braves couldn’t even get the Cubs to throw in Reed Johnson or Jeff Baker, right-handed hitting utilitymen who’d fill a giant hole on the Braves bench.
Delgado has been inconsistent but has shown flashes of brilliance. He’s accomplished something Tommy Hanson, for one, hasn’t this season, completing eight innings in a game. Twice, actually, same as Dempster (and tied with Huddy for the team lead).
The Yankees or Red Sox could get away with a deal like this, but teams whose payrolls fall short of $100 million should always resist trading a top pitching prospect for a 35-year-old third starter.