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Dempster among the Cubs' top offseason priorities

Originally Published: November 7, 2008
By Phil Rogers | Special to ESPN.com

The Cubs, under manager Lou Piniella, returned to the playoffs for a second consecutive season. But their 100-year World Series drought continued as they were swept in the first round for the second season in a row, this time by Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly both winning 17 games, the Cubs captured the NL Central with 97 wins. Catcher Geovany Soto delivered a performance worthy of Rookie of the Year, but everything fell apart in ...

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