For real: Cubs ship Dempster to Texas

7/31/2012 2:03:00 PM

It was July 23 when the right-hander squashed reports that he had been traded to Atlanta via his Twitter account, saying: "THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from!"

But the Rangers, bidding for a third straight trip to the World Series, acquired his services at the non-waiver trade deadline for pitcher Kyle Hendricks and infielder Christian Villanueva.

Dempster departs the sinking Cubs with a 5-5 record and 2.25 earned run average in 16 starts on the year, appearing in 535 games with the Marlins, Reds and Cubs during his 15-year major league career.

Hendricks, a Dartmouth product, has gone 5-8 with a 2.82 ERA for Single-A Myrtle Beach this year.

Villanueva, his teammate with the Carolina League club, hit .285 with 10 home runs, 19 doubles and 59 RBI in 100 games thus far.