Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Cubs have had discussions with Ryan Dempster's agent.
While a formal offer hasn't been made, Levine says the two sides have discussed money and length of a contract. He also notes that Dempster has offers on the table from other clubs for two and three years. While the Cubs almost surely won't give Dempster three years, it's possible he could wind up going back to where he's most comfortable if he doesn't find the deal he likes. Levine says a potential "sticking point" for a return would be Dempster's likely request of a no-trade clause, something the Cubs probably won't want to give him.