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Epstein: Dempster Had Right to Block Braves Trade
CHICAGO (AP) -- Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says Ryan Dempster had a right to block a trade to Atlanta and does not deserve criticism for it.

Epstein says they were on "great terms throughout the entire process."

The Cubs wound up trading their ace to Texas for two minor leaguers. But Epstein acknowledged he would have preferred to complete the deal with Atlanta for pitching prospect Randall Delgado that was on the table last week. It fell apart because Dempster, who had veto power, would not immediately give his approval.

Epstein says he didn't exactly turn down the Braves deal. He says Dempster said "not now." He had told the Cubs that he would consider Atlanta, but the Dodgers were his first choice.
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