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. Almost all the way through, I’d say the plan is holding pretty well.

Ah. The homestretch is in view. The non-waiver trade deadline is just one hour away, and, so far, the Cubs have done nothing except tell teams that various players are not available. Deals trickle in after the deadline (the announcements, anyway), so stick around for a bit, just in case. I’ll be at this for another few hours at least.

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News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

Obviously the big news/rumor was the Cubs’ refusal to trade Carlos Marmol when the Rangers came asking. I recognize that we cannot – and never will – know the details, but nevertheless, I’m pretty irked.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

The Rangers acquired reliever Mike Adams from the Padres for two *excellent* (but young) pitching prospects. This is interesting for two reasons: (1) had the Cubs been willing to part with Sean Marshall, you can only wonder if perhaps they could have netted a similar return; and (2) the deal was originally reported by Ken Rosenthal as being for Heath Bell, not Mike Adams. I’d love to be a fly on the wall to see how that happens. Were there two deals in place, and Rangers chose the Adams deal? Or was the deal for the same return, and Rangers preferred Adams over Bell? Or was it simply a gaffe in relaying the information to or by Rosenthal?

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

Maybe holding tight isn’t the worst thing in the world. On this day last year – about this time – the Cubs dealt Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Blake DeWitt and two minor league pitchers who have largely flamed out. If the Cubs had held onto Lilly, they may have instead gotten a first round draft pick when he left in free agency.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Since I’m not 13, I’ve never tried one of those “energy drinks” (save Red Bull mixed with various, ill-advised booze). So I figured it was now or never. I’m nursing an “Amp Energy,” and I opted for sugar-free. Not sure if that’s the reason, but this thing tastes terrible. But, it’s got nine(!) times the amount of caffeine of a Coke Zero, so it’s doing the trick. Which reminds me: why exactly do we let kids buy this stuff? /end old fuddy-duddyness

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

The craziest thing is I’m thinking about telling you this short story:

I was standing in the kitchen with my wife beside me when she curled up her nose. Clearly, she smelled something funky.

“Did you just fart?” she asks.

My response?

“Maybe. I think so. I’m not 100%.”

Boom. Sleep deprived.

  • Sam

    Jim Hendry should be fired the second after the deadline!

  • Joe Cartwright

    Sleep deprivation = loss of control of farts
    Gotta love it.

  • Madprizamwoo

    Go Cubs! Heres to signing JM to am extension, a Q ball for another 3 years and while were at it lets bump ticket prices up next year!!! Got to love this team!

    • spear

      you forgot to add to give sori & Zambrano raises

  • Mike Eberlein

    We all appreciate the great work Brett! It’s too bad Cubs management doesn’t have a clue. I’d love to think there’s a plan set in place after this season, but not even remotely showing interest in moving a couple players has me scratching my head. Sad season to be a Cubs fan.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, Mike. Agreed on all points. Especially the “great work” one.

  • Brian Myers


    Amp in the green can (normal Amp, not the sugar free which tastes much worse) is OK. My favorite is actually Grape (Purple can, if you like grape flavored soda’s).

    Bad: High calories (roughly 220 a can).

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I picked it up around 3am, so I think I was already not myself.

  • http://wwwbookdiplomacy.blogspot.com M. Ryan G

    Yes, blogging for twenty four hours is impressive, returns on trade deadline deals often not so much. Now that I think about it, maybe the Cubs should stand still here. I mean anyone remember the Matt Lawton deal, the four team trade mess where Matt Murton ended up doing more than Nomar…my point is…Hendry hasn’t exactly been king of the big deal other than Lofton and Ramirez.

  • Joe Cartwright

    You know, completely off-topic, but the Ranger’s Tateyama has a gigantic head compared to the rest of his body. At least, when the camera is zoomed out.

  • curt

    great job brett how yuve stayed awake when the cubs have done nothing is beyond me, ive gotta hold out hope that some one anyone in this team has a clue, ricketts needs 2 call a meeting hendry, quade , kenney and go vince mcmahon on them yr all fiiiiiiired

  • Toosh

    Like George Lopez?

    • Joe Cartwright

      Yes, but worse. Tateyama is really skinny. He looks a lot like a bobblehead.

  • Serio

    what are the Cubs doing? What direction are they going in?

  • Joe Cartwright

    Somebody needs to tell the Indians that Fukudome isn’t a #6 batter. They just lost a chance to tie the game or take the lead, because Fukudome struck out with guys on first and second.

  • Steve

    I can’t believe that a team, such as the Cubs, are under the impression that trading Fuk, and signing a couple of guys (no matter WHO they are, or HOW GOOD they may be) over the winter, puts them in a competitive place next season. That’s all. No other moves at the deadline. This is the second worst team in baseball, right? What a complete waste of time. One move, and numerous others shot down. Way to go, Jim. You’re a complete idiot.

    • Joe Cartwright

      It’s because Fukudome was the only major problem with the team.

  • Toosh

    Catch us up, Ace, on all the deadline-beating moves Hendry made.

    • Joe Cartwright

      ARam, Soriano, Grabow were all dealt at 3:59(eastern time).

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Everyone but Castro was traded, and the Cubs now control 49 of the top 50 prospects in baseball! I’m not crazy!

  • Toosh

    Thank God!

  • HotRuta

    It’s hard to see why people seem to have invested so heavily in the Cubs’ supposed ability to pull off trades before the deadline. It’s as if each person was convinced that ALL of their most hated players were destined to be sent packing, in highly favorable trades — and now they’re crushed by the failure of the Cubs to unload these targets. Given the current Cubs’ funk, why would anyone want a player from this team, lest they contaminate their new team’s “chemistry” with their hopeless Cub-icity.

    I would not be surprised to learn that many deals failed because other teams thought that they could extract top prospects (or only offering mid-level prospects) in exchange for absorbing our rejects. If so, it means that Ricketts really is serious about building the organization, and willing to eat salaries to hold onto our best prospects. Keeping some of the favorite trade targets around for the next couple of years would make it possible to bring along the Minor League talent in a more logical and low-pressure environment than we typically have used the past couple of years — and we still could unload any of these guys during the next couple of cycles of pre-season/spring-training/trading-deadline. But this approach probably would also foretell very quiet FA seasons for the next couple of years — FAs work better, I think, when you’re just trying to fill the last hole or two in your roster. Practically speaking, we would need to be adding corner infielders, at least one outfielder, and two top-of-the-rotation pitchers in order to be competitive the next couple of years. Not gonna happen …

    Be honest — were we really convinced that we could off-load our “undesirables” for piles of top-level prospects? Really?

    • spear

      thanks Jim,
      Your answer will come from the fans not sitting in the seats.

    • Michigan Goat

      I think there is some truth to this, why would anyone give us anything when we have little to offer. I still wish we traded Pena for something, but not upset that Byrd is still with us. Obviously teams weren’t will to give anything decent.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      As noted in the MLB Trade Deadline Roundup post, I’ve heard from a source – and I’ve read elsewhere on the ‘net (on sites I don’t necessarily trust, so I’ll not pass on; I’m basing it mostly on my source) – that the Rangers offered for Marmol a package comparable to that which they gave up to land Mike Adams. Which, to use the word of the day, was a “haul.”

      • HotRuta

        So … we pay Marmol about $17 million over the remaining two years of his contract (while the team continues to struggle), and then he becomes a FA for the 2014 season (when we might be in a position to field a pretty good team).

        Sure … that makes sense …

  • Toosh

    Pirates got Ludwick and Boston got Bedard at the last minute.

  • cubs

    next homestand LETS SEND CUBS & RICKETTS A “MESSAGE” NO-BODY SHOW UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • http://wwwbookdiplomacy.blogspot.com M. Ryan G

    Any Cubs fan expecting a mass trade deadline firesale complete with glittering prospects was expecting too much. Particularly after yesterday’s debacle, as if a whole season of them wasn’t enough. A Pena trade would’ve been nice as i’m not sure he’ll resign, but beyond that and maybe Grabow, who would the Cubs have moved?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’m not sure anyone was expecting that much. But it was fair to expect *something.*