Right after Reed Johnson was pulled from tonight’s Cubs game, and did the handshake-and-hug-thing in the dugout, catcher Geovany Soto – also known to be on the block – was pulled, and did the very same thing in the dugout.

We know that Johnson is being traded, so it’s a pretty fair guess that Soto is, too. Whether it’s the same deal, or a separate one, we’ll have to see.

As with Reed, I’ll do updates here as soon as we learn more. Now *this* is how I envisioned the BNBlogathon…

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal says there is indeed a deal, and it’s a separate one from the Reed Johnson trade. That’s fine and all, but it makes my duel posting more difficult!

UPDATE 2 (at 9:45pm CT): Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports says Soto has been dealt to the Rangers. No word on the return yet, but keep expectations low.

UPDATE 3 (at 9:50pm CT): Danny Knobler says Jacob Brigham is in the deal, or may be the entire return. He’s a 24-year-old pitcher at AA, with decent K numbers, and improving walk numbers. Not overwhelming on a first look.

UPDATE 4 (at 10:46pm CT): Like the Maholm/Johnson deal, I’m leaving this one for now while I turn to other stuff. I’ll have more on it later today/tomorrow.

  • Ralph

    Yeah man, this gives you something to do for a while.

    • cubz23

      According to MLBN these are seperate trades

      • Nofundave

        My sources tell me that Ryan Dempster has rejected the Reed and Soto trades!

  • TonyP


  • http://Eyecanseeinc.net LeotheCub

    Maybe a big major trade has come down with multiple players…I like those

  • jga6718

    Here we go!

  • MichiganGoat

    BLOG A THON activated LET’S DO THIS

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    I hope both got packaged for a decent prospect and not some scrap heap prospect

  • jga6718

    Everyone buckle up, this may be a wild ride!

  • Mick6x

    Soto gone and an overpowering cubbie lead? Stoke those flames Aceman this is going to be an interesting night!

  • 9Holycow!

    Holycow! I was real high on Geo when he came up but he has not panned out. As for Reed I’ve always liked him one of the best bench players in the game. I wish them the best where ever they end up.

  • Joshua Edwards

    UPDATE: Cubs just traded Soto to some guy name “Brett Taylor” for case of 5-HR energy and Subway 2-for-1 coupon.

    • Tommy

      I woulda been happy with Brett Taylor straight up. SWEET!

  • Brian Peters

    Here we go, here we go, here we go!!!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

  • CBP

    Ya Soto is done for the night

  • nkniacc13

    Id be shocked if they bt hare’t traded for pitching

  • Cooper

    Once the seal is broken, you can’t stop the flow…

  • bob

    Koyie Hill’s phone is ringing………

    • MXB

      Oh, HELLLLL NO!!!!

      • bbmoney

        Don’t worry I’m sure if the Iowa cubbies are playing castillo is no longer catching. Anyone confirm?

    • Cyranojoe

      You. Bastard,


  • Sosascorkedbat

    Any idea who the team might be yet, if not who were the teams that were interested in Soto?

    • nkniacc13

      the only teams Ive seen mentioned with Soto were the Mets and the Rays

      • Kurt


  • BluBlud

    Hate to see Soto leave. He’s one of my favorite players. Good luck where ever you go, unless its the Yankees.

    • Picklenose

      Its trite, but I root for 2 teams, Cubs and whoever is playing the Yankees.

  • czechxican

    EEE!!! sell sell sell you Cubbies!

  • MichiganGoat

    Cannot keep up need more beer

    • MoneyBoy

      Goat … Desperate times call for desperate measures … the old hat with two beers and straws thing … or whatever your favorite adult beverage is!!!

    • bbmoney

      I was thinking the same thing….

  • swaz46

    C’mon, Brett! You can do it. I’d personally like to see you try for the hat-trick with a Dempster deal.

  • ProfessorCub

    Everyone on Twitter speculating the BJax is getting the call…it seems very puzzling to me…

    • Assman22

      Don’t be surprised if Jackson was included in a deal. Geo to the Mets

    • Kurt

      Not if they’re bringing him up to the big club.

  • Brian Peters

    You can keep up, Brett!!

  • Cubs217

    Stealing down 9… interesting strategy.

  • CubFanBob

    odd on bjax but i am excited….bring vitters up wtf cant be any worse than what we have now and let him get a taste

  • Damon

    Mets??? That’s my guess for Geo…

  • MoneyBoy

    Kasper just mentioned the BJax thing …

    Happy Birthday to The Wife!!!!

    All hail RizzOMG !!!

  • Patrick G

    I like this stealth mode operation the FO is doing

  • Jared

    Is it probably good, YES…but on the same token, as a big fan…I hate to see either leave! Especially Reed! No one better off the bench!!! Let’s hope this is the start of amazingness!!! (it’s a word, look it up)

  • Austin

    I have a feeling the details of the trades won’t be announced untill after the game. Maybe.

    • nkniacc13

      Id be socked if they aren’t announced until after both teams have finished tonight. So if bth went west it maybe a while before they offically announce it

  • Mysterious4th

    BJax doesn’t need to be called up. It would a be a Tyler Colvin type mess in my mind. Bring up Saaplet over BJax.
    I think BJax could be packaged with Soto to DC (instead of demp/sori/bjax -oh my change of thought makes me think of it being my kind of dempster moment)

    • Drew7

      Why not Cardenas with Baker getting some time in the OF? Cardenas deserves another shot.

    • T Wags

      Yeah my prediction is Demp, Soto and BJax to the Nats for Strasburg and Harper!

      Kidding. Sadly