Dempster's 10-and-5 rights a key point

Dempster's 10-and-5 rights a key point

PITTSBURGH -- There is always the chance that Ryan Dempster could stay in Chicago. He may decide he doesn't want to relocate to Atlanta for the last two months of the season. Dempster has earned the right to call the shots as a player with 10 years in the Major Leagues and the last five with the same team.

"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.