A report on Foxsports.com said the Dodgers are "unlikely" to come up with a package for Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, though they remain interested in Matt Garza, who left Saturday's game after three innings with cramping in his right triceps.

General manager Jed Hoyer said before the game it's possible the Cubs could keep Dempster, though that seems unlikely considering their need for pitching prospects and Dempster's desire to pitch for a contender.

"I would never close the door on that," Hoyer said, adding: "It's fun to see a guy like him bounce back after (2011). People were questioning him. He has proven a lot of people wrong. We'd never close the door on that at all, no matter what happens at the end of July. He's a guy who's always welcome in a Cubs uniform."

But the Cubs are likely to honor Dempster's wishes for his sake and theirs. He said Friday he hasn't given the Cubs a list of teams he's willing to be traded to, though sources said he is agreeable to be moved to the American League, despite rumors he wants to stay in the National League.

Rumor mongers: Manager Dale Sveum confirmed he has had talks with some players who were concerned after seeing their names mentioned in trade talks. Even Darwin Barney, who is part of the youth movement, was mentioned in speculation about the Tigers' interest in him.

"You just nip it in the bud," Sveum said. "You're like, 'Guys, there are going to be rumors. All it takes is somebody to think this team needs a kind of player like you are and your name is going to be mentioned, and there's no substance to anything.' Obviously there might be substance, but 90 percent of the time (there isn't).

Sveum blamed Twitter-related rumors. He was reminded that talk of Garza coming to the Cubs was widespread a month before his arrival in 2011.

"That's the 10 percent," he said with a laugh.