Pitcher Ryan Dempster (USA Today/US Presswire)
UPDATE: Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster is denying reports that he has been traded to the Atlanta Braves.
"THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from!" the 35-year-old righty posted on his official Twitter account Monday.
Multiple reports on Monday had Dempster going to the Braves in exchange for rookie pitcher Randall Delgado, who is 4-9 with a 4.24 earned run average in 17 starts with Atlanta this season.
Dempster is 5-4 with a team-leading 2.11 ERA in 15 starts on the year and has appeared in 534 games with the Marlins, Reds and Cubs during his major league career.
Since Dempster has played in the big leagues for at least 10 years and been with the same team for at least five, he has the right to veto any trade.
Chicago opens a three-game series in Pittsburgh Monday, with Dempster scheduled to pitch the finale.
The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31.
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves, who made postseason an annual event for a 14-year stretch, made a move Monday in which they believe will put them back into the playoffs in third baseman Chipper Jones' final season.
The Braves acquired veteran starter Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs, who is yielding a league-leading 2.11 ERA this season, according to a Braves official with knowledge of the trade. The official spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the trade has yet to be announced. He'll be a welcome addition to a team whose starters are yielding a 4.34 ERA this season.
Dempster is in the final year of his four-year, $60 million deal that pays him $14 million this year, and the Braves are expected to try to work out an extension before the season's conclusion.
The Braves, who collapsed down the stretch last year, have made the playoffs just once in the last six years, and haven't gotten out of the first round since 2001. The Braves, 52-43, are 3 ½ games behind the Washington Nationals, who also were pursuing Dempster.
USA Today and TSN contributed to this report.