"That's what the 10-and-5 rule is for," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said on Tuesday. "If anything does come about, you have the right and ability to take your time and make a decision that's right for your family.
"Not too many people get to 10 and five," Sveum said. "When you get to that status, you're obviously a really, really good player that an organization felt was good enough to get a long-term contract. You have to be, one, a good productive player, and two, you're probably a pretty good teammate and pretty good person and have a lot of character."
Dempster, 35, who is being courted by the Braves and Dodgers, said he has until next Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline to make a decision. Will the Cubs give Dempster that time?
"Absolutely," said Randy Bush, the Cubs' assistant general manager.