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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The one that got away

By Mark Saxon

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers answered as many questions about the player they didn't acquire before Tuesday deadline -- pitcher Ryan Dempster -- as they did about Shane Victorino and Brandon League, the newest members of the team.

Dempster (5-5, 2.25 ERA) was on turn to pitch Tuesday night and likely would have pitched Wednesday for the Dodgers in their series finale with Arizona, but...

General manager Ned Colletti said the Chicago Cubs' asking price for Dempster exceeded what he considered reasonable for a player who might only be a Dodger through early October. According to reports, the Cubs insisted on Double-A pitcher Allen Webster, one of the Dodgers' top prospects.

“It was not just one premier prospect, it was one premier prospect and other players, too," Colletti said. "We just decided that we were going to pass on that.”

The difference this season, of course, is that it wasn't money that cost the Dodgers the player they were after. The owners had given Colletti the clearance to take on the remaining $4.6 million on Dempster's contract. He is a free agent after this season.

“We’re happy about where we are. We wanted to do more, but it just didn’t happen," Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson.

Here are lineups for Tuesday night:

Arizona
Chris Young CF
Aaron Hill 2B
Jason Kubel LF
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Justin Upton RF
Miguel Montero C
Chris Johnson 3B
Stephen Drew SS
Wade Miley P

Dodgers
Jerry Hairston Jr. LF
Mark Ellis 2B
Matt Kemp CF
Andre Ethier RF
Hanley Ramirez 3B
Juan Rivera 1B
Luis Cruz SS
Matt Treanor C
Chris Capuano