Obviously this trade became much bigger as the evening went on. See below for updates.

In tonight’s game, Reed Johnson was pulled in the 5th inning (of a blowout), and was spotted shaking hands with his teammates in such a way as to suggest that he’d been traded.

We don’t know much of anything quite yet – nothing is confirmed – but I’ll updating as the details come out.

Johnson has value as a bench bat to just about any playoff contender, but he has even more value to the Cubs as an included piece in a bigger deal. We’ll see if this is a one-off type move, or if Johnson is part of a bigger deal.

If Reed has indeed been dealt, his presence will be missed. He’s a great teammate, and a 100% effort guy. But dealing him is the right move.

UPDATE: Bruce Levine reports that this is, indeed, probably a trade, and up to four teams submitted offers today. Pittsburgh and Detroit were among the suitors. That report, by the way, suggests this is a one-off deal, rather than a larger trade.

UPDATE 2 (at 9:10pm CT): Dave Kaplan says Johnson is meeting with Cubs’ management right now, which confirms there’s a trade.

UPDATE 3 (at 9:12pm CT): Reed was prophetic in his blog just three days ago, writing, “If I get a call from Theo or Jed, I’d be like oh, darn, there’s four, five days before the Trade Deadline, this is probably not about what gardener do you use in the Chicago area. If you get a phone call from them, you want to pick it up, especially at this time of year.”

UPDATE 4 (at 9:17pm CT): I’m not saying there’s any relationship here, but Brett Jackson was just pulled mid-game from the Iowa Cubs game. Injury? Call-up? Trade? Nothing? I honestly have no idea.

UPDATE 5 (at 9:18pm CT): Bob Nightengale notes – without confirming a trade – that Tigers’ pitching prospect Thomas Collier was just pulled from his start after three innings. Collier, 22, is still in Low A, but putting up solid numbers, and was a 2011 22nd rounder (so, the low level isn’t just a matter of him being a non-prospect). Don’t go nuts just yet. This is only one guy’s theory based on a pitcher being pulled.

UPDATE 6 (at 9:38pm CT): Just so it’s here, too, the Geovany Soto trade and this one are separate deals, apparently.

UPDATE 7 (at 9:43pm CT): The Twitter is playing a hilarious game where various sources say where he HASN’T been traded. So far, it appears that he isn’t going to Pittsburgh, Detroit, or Los Angeles (Dodgers).

UPDATE 8 (at 9:54pm CT): Multiple reports now say this is a combo deal with Johnson and *PAUL MAHOLM* going to the Braves. The implications of such a trade are huge, and will take some time to susse out.

UPDATE 9 (at 10:04pm CT): Jerry Crasnick says the Cubs are getting two minor league pitchers, but they aren’t in the Teheran-Gilmartin-Delgado-Minor group. The Braves still have many great prospects beyond that, so don’t get worried yet. Maholm had real value.

UPDATE 10 (at 10:30pm CT): Jerry Crasnick says one pitcher in the deal is Jaye Chapman, a 25-year-old reliever with huge K numbers at AAA, but decently-high walk numbers as well.

UPDATE 11 (at 10:37pm CT): YES. Ken Rosenthal says the other pitcher in the deal is prospect Arodys Vizcaino, who is currently out after undergoing Tommy John surgery earlier this year. Obviously that part isn’t good, but that’s how the Cubs could get him in a deal like this – before the surgery, he was a big-time prospect. He’s just 21, and before the year, was a top 50 prospect in all of baseball. EEeeeeeeh!

UPDATE 12 (at 10:34pm CT): OK, I’m leaving the updates on this post where they are, while I move on to the crazy Matt Garza rumors that are flying. I’ll have more on Vizcaino and Chapman later today/tomorrow.

  • Rylee

    Wonder if he is part of a package?

  • King Jeff

    It’s too bad Reed wasn’t able to help out a contender here. He’s exactly the type of extra outfielder that every team needs.

  • EB

    Best of luck Reed! You are a class act and play the game the right way. You will be missed

  • Pete

    Reed has been awesome for us. It is tough to see, but I hope he gets to play a role on a contender.

  • bluestainedivy

    I’ll, once again, miss seeing him in Cubbie pinstripes. All the best Reed!

  • ferrets_bueller

    Wonder if he’s part of a package, and wonder if he’ll be a Cub again next year. Wouldn’t be surprised.

  • nkniacc13

    I guess to SF

  • emrac

    gone but not forgotten thanks reed for the memories

    • Sosa23

      Soriano Reed dempster , to Giants for 2 prospects and brandon belt

      • ferrets_bueller

        that would be a hell of a trade. Doubt it, though.

  • John (ibcnu2222)

    Reed is a good player and great person. I’ll always remember that catch in 2008.

  • rhino70

    Reed, thanks for playing the game the right way! Enjoy the playoff race!

  • Katie

    I wish him all the best!

  • Heybails91

    There were many times when i would be irritated/annoyed with him, but now that he is most likely gone i think his defense and intangibles will be missed. Good luck to you Reed.

  • atfinch

    I’ll NEVER forget that catch he had in Washington…diving headfirst into the wall. DeRosa stood there at what had just happened.

    I’d pay someone to put that link up of that catch. I’ve tried forever to find it!

    • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

      Completely agree. Best catch i’v ever seen a Cub make in my life time.

      • 7eleven

        I’m almost completely in agreeance, but I’d have to give a *very* close second to robbing Fielder of a grand slam in ’09 (an honestly at first mention of “the catch” that’s the one that came to my mind)

        • atfinch

          I dont know, Len’s call in that Washington game helped me think it was better. The grand slam rob was on Sunday Night on ESPN unfortunately. Then again, easier to find a video of that one online.

          • cub4life

            I was at that game ….amazing…….

            We will miss you reed and would love to see you back in the future

            MLB has snatched up all the vids apparentally.

    • Featherstone

      I will always remember his catch off Prince Fielder in Miller Park, robbing him of a grand slam. He scaled the wall and brought it back leaving his spike holes in the wall.

  • BT

    Probably to the Dbacks, probably for Trevor Bauer. Probably.

    • atfinch

      Or San Francisco.

    • stillmisskennyhubbs


      • Cub Style


        • stillmisskennyhubbs

          didn’t think so….

  • 100 Years of Tears

    Best case scenario, he’s part of a package… trading him by himself won’t net much. I’d hate to see him gone for nothing.

    • rhino70

      Opens up a spot for Sappelt if nothing else.

      • Spencer

        No, Andrew McCutcheon is going to take Reed’s place on the 25 man.

        • rhino70

          Now there’s one case where I’d LOVE to be wrong!!!!!

    • 100 Years of Tears

      Someone on facebook just mentioned that Brett Jackson was just removed from the Iowa game… hmmmmmm.

  • Cubbie4Cubs

    Chicago Loves you REED! (I just love the way Reed plays the game, hell he could of hit .100 and I’d still root for him.)

  • Spencer

    So everyone and their mom reports Dempster was traded before it was official, but no one knows shit about Reed? Makes sense

  • MaxM1908

    Sad to see Reed go. I always appreciated his scrappy factor and he definitely was the type that just when you wouldn’t expect much, he’d hit a game-winning HR or RBI. You will be missed, Reed. Best of luck with your new team.

  • cubbie blue

    I just saw Brett Jackson was pulled from the Iowa game. It was a double switch,but you never know.

    • BT

      You think they traded him for Johnson?

    • Kubphan82

      Dont eff with me brother… Haha… Ah, to have BJ up would have to mean more than RJ dealt… Theyre not bringing BJ up to sit on the bench…

      • MaxM1908

        Yeah, I’d find that to be a really odd move, unless they’re also moving Soriano or LaHair tonight and BJ will get regular starts in the OF.

  • Kris

    I really like Reed, he really earned my respect. Gonna miss him :(

  • Tommy

    Good luck Reed! You’re a class act!

  • Cubs217

    First thing I did when Johnson was shaking hands is look to see if Dempster was anyone to be found. I was hoping for a package deal with both of them to LA for a better haul of prospects.

  • http://Eyecanseeinc.net LeotheCub

    Godd luck and maybe he will back next year in same role

    • Can’t think of a cool name

      Cubs could certainly do worse. A pretty decent bargain for the Cubs over 4 years. 107 OPS+ for a litle over 1.25 million a year.

  • Ralph

    Agreed with all of the great things said about Reed, love his work ethic. Maybe he can do a third tour of duty with the Cubs next year???

  • nkniacc13

    apparently teams had made offers for him Pitt and Det were 2 of them

  • Zach

    Brett Jackson was just pulled from the Iowa Cubs game.

    • Zach

      Maybe he is getting called up.

      • MaxM1908

        If Jackson is getting called up, then I would have to think that Soriano or LaHair are imminently moved.

        • Kubphan82

          Or Dejesus… Likely Dejesus

        • Drew7

          I would think so too. If he is getting called up, I’d imagine they’d want to play him every day.

    • stillmisskennyhubbs

      Some pork got pulled at a barbecue. Gotta be a trade !

  • Tim

    i dont see them calling him up in the middle of the game. i think he is part of the trade

    • nkniacc13

      If they are calling him up thy would pull him like they did with Rizzo so that he doesn’t get hurt

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        I hope to god a guy who is on pace for near 250 strikeouts in the MINORS isnt getting called up!! BJAX should not get called up!! not ready. he needs to refine that approach and it might take the offseason to clear his mind and just forget the season and come back with new or altered approach

        • Drew7

          His approach isnt the problem.

    • JP cubed

      I agree there is def something going down with BJax getting pulled. He’s either in the trade or getting called up. Slight possibility he could be injured I guess

    • Drew7

      They pull prospects all the time in the middle of games when they promote them. Rizzo was pulled mid game the day he was promoted. I would be pretty surprised if he is part of a deal.

    • djriz

      rizzo was called up in the middle of a game. which means absolutely nothing.

  • Jeff Stauber

    If your outta here Reed…you will always be a Cub…your one of the classiest guys to play at Wrigley…we’ll never forget your gritty play!

    • Kubphan82

      Nobody dove into the ivy without less regard… Love me some Reed in the ivy…

  • Sosascorkedbat

    Good luck Reed wherever you end up, hopefully its with a contender and you get yourself a ring then come back next year.

  • Gcheezpuff

    Or part of a package