Trade Deadline Blogathon: Hour 18

I am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter – for 24 hours straight, until slightly past MLB’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The plan is to do a little recap like this periodically through the day/night. Three quarters of the way in, I’d say the plan is holding pretty well.

My wife says I’m cracking up, though. Not cracking her up, you’ll note. Just cracking up. I don’t know that she’d trust me to care for the baby at this point.

Total Posts So Far: 


News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

The big news was the Astros trading Michael Bourn to the Atlanta Braves for Jordan Schafer and three pitching prospects. Piecing reports together, that trade probably could have belonged to the Cubs, with the team sending Marlon Byrd and cash, and getting back a slightly less attractive return than Bourn netted.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

How uniformly the anti-Hendry, anti-Ricketts, and anti-Cubs position is crystalizing. I’m not terribly interested in being the voice of reason – I’m pretty frustrated – but let’s all keep in mind: we will never know exactly what’s going on behind the scenes. What if Jim Hendry is desperately trying to find deals for guys like Carlos Pena and Marlon Byrd, but the offers have been terrible? If it played out that way, wouldn’t you want the Cubs to keep them, and spread rumors about how much they want to keep them?

If I were guessing, it hasn’t played out that way. My guess is Hendry has been told not to move players whom the next GM might want to keep for 2012. But, as reasonable people, we need to leave ourselves open to a number of possible explanations – some of which don’t paint Hendry/Ricketts/the Cubs as the villains we might now think they are.

Current Thoughts About the Chicago Cubs’ Trade Deadline Strategy/Execution:

At least the return for Bourn wasn’t herculean. If the Astros had gotten one of the “big four” Braves pitching prospects and some more (“more” accounting for the difference in talent value between Bourn and Marlon Byrd), they would have been collecting bits of my brain matter off of the moon for weeks.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Another Starbucks mocha frappuccino. I smell a sponsorship opportunity!

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

I’m more frustrated by the Cubs’ lack of movement than the lack of movement in the debt ceiling debate (sorry, ‘Meet the Press’ was just on). But I still think the folks involved in the latter problem are self-interested dongers. Those involved in the former problem are just self-interested. Not dongers, though.

Follow me? Hey, this section is for the strangest thought in my mind. So, you knew what you were getting.

(ruh roh, cracks are starting to appear in my otherwise pristine logic and prose – maybe the wife is right)

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

27 responses to “Trade Deadline Blogathon: Hour 18”

  1. bazfan1234

    Brett, thanks for all the hard work and I am also getting very frustrated with the trade deadline situation. Of course, we will never know what is happening behind close doors, but to completely say someone is unavailable is silly at best. I just hope that Hendry and Ricketts truely do not believe that this team is a contender with a few small peices.

    1. Dean

      I hate to say this, but I believe that Hendry really believes this team is only a couple of pieces away. Jim Hendry may come across as a humble, good-ole-boy, but I think there is an extreme arrogance in him which allows him to think they are only a few tweaks away from being competitive.

      There are a ton of problems with targeting “competitive,” the biggest being that the top teams in the NL have further widened the gap this week.

      Also, MLB teams can make one-year turnarounds, but they don’t make turnarounds from awful (as the Cubs are) to winning a division. Looking at the Cubs as an example, in 2002 they won only 67 games, but their run differential for the full season was only 53. This year, the run differential is 116 (and growing) already. You can have a bad record and turn it around, but you have to have enough pieces that make you think you can. The Cubs just don’t have enough pieces for a one-year turnaround.

      I realize I’m rambling, but watching Hendry sit while knowing Marmol, Dempster, Byrd, Pena and Ramirez could have brought a ton in return is making me nuts.

      1. VanSlaw

        while knowing Marmol, Dempster, Byrd, Pena and Ramirez could have brought a ton in return is making me nuts.

        If you have sources that enable you to “know” this, you should be writing a blog.

        1. Dean

          Also, if they move Byrd ($6.5M), Marmol ($7M) and Dempster ($14M player option), they cut more than $27 million from next year’s payroll which would enable them to be more active in free agency.

  2. VanSlaw

    You know what will snap you to your senses? Go outside and start blogging in the hot noonday sun.

    Hee hee. “Donger.”

  3. Jeremy

    Keep up the good work!! Nice usage of the term “donger” or “dongers”. Cracking me up at least.

  4. miggy80

    I just heard were going to move Pena for Chuck Todd

  5. Brian Myers

    MLB network just stated the Cubs have been looking to trade their players for starting pitching, but all they are being offered is mid-range OF talent. They feel they already have that in the organization which is why they are not hitting on trades.

  6. pfk

    Lets assume for a moment that indeed Hendry has a short leash so that the next GM can make all the serious roster moves. Then, why keep Hendry at all now? If he is handcuffed and not allowed to do anything serious, they should have dumped him already so they could start their search. Randy Bush is capable of taking care of the day-to-day stuff until a new GM is found. As it is now, the search won’t begin in earnest until October and by the time they find someone or find a President who will bring in his own man, it will be deep into the off season and there may not be enough time to get a feel for the organization. Another scary assumption is that they are keeping Hendry and this is all part of their go forward plan. While I’m sure there are many things going on behind the scenes, if the Cubs are talking with others such as Pat Gillick, I think word would have leaked out by now. Yet another scenario may be that Hendry is trying to make deals but they are being vetoed. Further, it could be that they feel 2012 is a better year to get deeper into the rebuilding process because a) they don’t have a third baseman yet and Ramirez could be had for another expensive year, b) They aren’t going after Fielder or Pujols and will sign Pena to another expensive year, c) they are going to dump Soriano (even if they have to cut him because one way or another they have to pay his full salary) and have Bryrd anchor an outfield of Colvin and Jackson (or other kids). However, my gut tells me that they are going to let Ramirez walk, let Pena walk, dump Soriano and fill in as best they can knowing that 2012 isn’t a pennant year anyway and they need to dump salary and start the process. They may go after a couple of good but not superstar FA’s, keep a nucleous and use kids or trades.

  7. ron

    reading yanks are looking into wandy and houston will need to eat much of the contract. if the yanks are that desparate, why not look at big z? rothchild reunion

    1. Jeremy

      I just thought the exact same thing. Wandy is owed 30 mil (aside from any club option) and Z is owed a bit over 35 mil (again, aside from any club option). I think its Z’s “headline making” issues that have them the most concerned. I mean really, it’s the Yankees, money cannot be the issue.