More National Dumping on the Chicago Cubs’ Trade Deadline Approach

After I rounded up the national reactions to the Chicago Cubs’ decision to do nothing at the trade deadline, going so far as to make a number of tradable pieces untouchable, Grantland’s Jonah Keri put together a list ranking each of the 30 MLB teams’ efforts at the deadline.

Care to take a wild guess who ended up dead last?

30. Chicago Cubs

The period leading up to the trade deadline boils down to a vast exercise of supply and demand. Every team in baseball, from loaded first-place clubs to the worst of the worst, has at least one useful relief pitcher … sometimes two or more. But not every contending team needs a relief pitcher, or has the stomach to give up useful prospects to get one. So we have to be realistic about some sellers’ situations: You can’t sell crap if no one wants your crap, even if it’s pretty good crap. All this means you’re going to read about a lot of teams that stood pat at the deadline. Some will be described with mild irritation, their lack of movement disappointing but somewhat understandable. One or two no-move clubs will actually earn praise for their patience.

The Chicago Cubs fall into exactly neither of those categories. Carlos Pena, Carlos Marmol, Marlon Byrd … Chicago reportedly had multiple opportunities to cash in veterans with little to no keeper value for younger talent. Yet other than the minor trade of Kosuke Fukudome for fringe prospects Abner Abreu (no relation to Bobby) and Carlton Smith (yes, he is related to both of them), the Cubs did nothing. Because being better than the Astros is apparently good enough.

We’re a little over a week past the trade deadline, which has provided plenty of time for these same tradable pieces to clear waivers. But there hasn’t yet been so much as a whisper out of the Cubs’ camp about possible August trades, despite Jim Hendry’s protestations that (paraphrasing) “it doesn’t all have to happen by the July 31 deadline.”

Obviously there is still plenty of time to make a deal, but with each week that passes without a deal, the criticisms that the Cubs faced at the deadline – summed up nicely by Keri’s description and ranking – will only become more crystalized. And more accurate.

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

22 responses to “More National Dumping on the Chicago Cubs’ Trade Deadline Approach”

  1. CubsFanatic

    I really hope Hendry is gone after this. ESPECIALLY if we could have gotten decent prospect in return for the vets.

  2. hardtop

    We need an insider, a short skirted secretary perhaps, to get these numerous reports piped directly into Ricketts office. Even better, maybe we can get his wife/life partner to slip headphones on him while he sleeps, pumping subliminal messages into his brain whilst he slumbers. Maybe we should transpose several of these reports onto rolls of toilet paper and place it in the executive shitter.
    Or, maybe he should just grow a brain and get on Bleacher Nation for valuable news and insightful opinions… who needs Gillick when you have Brett and company.

  3. BT

    So Byrd and Marmol have no keeper value (Pena is a different story)? That’s asinine beyond words. Yes, the Cubs, if offered something significant, should have considered trading both. But to give them away? Asinine.

  4. Seth Majewski

    Brett Jackson is tearing it up, in 25 games he has a .297 BA, .393 OBP, and an OPS of 1.008. In only 91 AB he has 27 H. He has 13 RBI, 16 Runs, 6 doubles, and a triple. He also has 7 HR and 3 SB. If the cubs call him up, he better be playing.

  5. Seth Majewski

    Brett Jackson’s Stat Line in Triple AAA Iowa, through 25 Games.

    .297 7 16 13 3 27 .393 1.008 6 1

    If the cubs bring him up he better be playing everyday.

  6. Seth Majewski

    sorry bout the double post .

  7. RY

    Brett, are we anywhere close to signing our first round draft pick?

  8. jim

    “It is what it is”! The CUBS will “never” win!
    Jim Hendry had his chances & failed!
    Quade is a “nice” guy but he is NOT the answer!

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