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As a part of the 24-hour Trade Deadline Blogathon, I plan to update you periodically on what’s going on around the rest of baseball, and discuss, where relevant, the impact the moves have on the Chicago Cubs.

Things are quite a bit more quiet than they were a few hours ago…

  • The Ubaldo Jiminez deal was finalized a little while ago. Cleveland gets Jiminez, and the Rockies get four prospects, a couple of them big-time, including lefty starter Alex Pomeranz, a first-round pick last year, who is presently tearing it up in AA. Because he didn’t sign until August 16 last year, he can’t be named in a trade until one year later – so the Rockies technically get three prospects and a PTBNL. So, Pomeranz will probably be doing some sitting for a couple weeks, but he’s the PTBNL. That’s quite a haul for an up-and-down starter with potential velocity issues. Then again, Jiminez is just 27, and has a pretty favorable contract.
  • The Red Sox had a deal in place for former Cub Rich Harden, but some questionable medical reports blew the deal up.
  • The Diamondbacks are working hard to get a reliever. Think they’d settle for John Grabow?
  • The Padres are still expected to deal Heath Bell and Ryan Ludwick by the deadline.
  • The Pirates picked up Derrek Lee, which was reported here separately.
  • Tyler

    If I was the GM I’d almost give Grabow away so we dont have to have him play (also I would have traded Pene and Bryd but that is a different story)

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I think the Cubs would probably send Grabow along to anyone if they could save a hundred bucks.

      • Tyler

        Have you heard anything new about the Cubs draft picks signing?

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Nothing really since last week (when it was heavily rumored that the Cubs had signed a set of overslot picks, but wouldn’t be announcing them for a little while). A couple more first rounders signed, which means Baez is probably closer to signing. We might not hear about a bunch of them until the August 15 deadline.

  • TWC

    Harden? MEDICAL issues? ::shocked::

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That’s like John Grabow have “effectiveness” issues. Hard to fathom.

      • TWC

        There’s a lot of things that Hendry has done wrong, but for all the grief he got over them, letting Harden and Rich Hill go, well, that was positively prescient.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Well… one could argue that the Cubs could have traded Hill at the peak of his value, rather than watch him revert to crappiness, and then dump him.

  • chris cottrell

    what’s up ACE! working late at the radio station tonight cause we had some transmitter problems and i’m still on shift. Sure wish you had more action to report!!! personally i was watching the game yesterday afternoon and i’m not as angry as most over the holliday play. maybe more so telling to me were Castro’s comments about “not being concerned about the runs scoring”. he wasn’t hurt. And while Holliday was clearly going at him and not attempting to go at the bag he was pretty close to the bag! at this point i’m just anti-cubs so i’m not backing them on anything right now. Unless they fire Quade.

    on a separate note…my 55 bucks i won on that free roll a while back from draft street is now down to $9.45. oh well it was fun while it lasted.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I kind of assumed that Castro’s comments were a little bit fudged in his mind with the English-as-a-second-language thing. I doubt he meant he didn’t care about the runs; just that he couldn’t think about it right at that moment. When you think you’ve been hurt, your mind is taken away from the moment. I can understand that.

      Sorry to hear about the dwindling free roll cash. Clearly you’ve been picking too many Cubs players. :)

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