The Cubs have offered Ryan Dempster a 3 year 36 million dollar deal to stay in Chicago. It seems like a fair deal and it is expected that Dempster will stay in Chicago because he likes the Cubs and has a great relationship with Jim Hendry. To get the deal done they may have to add an option year onto the 3 year deal. O'Brien also said the Braves have already spoke to Dempster's agent and expressed interest.
Out of the Blue-
The Dodgers are likely to decline Brad Penny's option for next season, making him a free agent. The Cubs are one of the teams that would be interested in signing the former all star. The Cubs could get Penny for cheap considering the down year he had and the way he battling through injuries. Penny maybe willing to accept a one or two year deal which I think the Cubs have no problem giving him because of the upside he has. This is one to keep an eye on!