The Cubs traded Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers minutes before the trade deadline. The return for Dempster is not yet known. In the final hours leading up to the deadline, Dempster indicated a willingness to go to the Dodgers, Yankees and Rangers. The move comes not long after the Cubs traded left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to the Braves for two pitching prospects. This morning, the Cubs officially announced the trade of catcher Geovany Soto and cash to the Rangers for double-a pitcher Jake Brigham and a player to be named later or cash.