Trade Deadline Blogathon: Hour 14

Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap … Ok. I’m cracking just a little bit.

I am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter (hash tag #BNBlogathon for those who want to jump into the fray themselves) – for 30 hours straight, until slightly past MLB’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. I’ll be doing recaps on the process throughout the day, but you’ll also see normal posting (Bullets, Series Preview, Pre-Gamin’, EBS), as well as an uptick in rumor/trade posts.

Total Posts So Far:

17 (and a WHOLE bunch of updates).

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

BOOM. Paul Maholm traded to Braves. BOOM. Reed Johnson traded to Braves. BOOM. Geovany Soto traded to Rangers.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

It has to be the Maholm/Johnson trade to the Braves. Not only does it have implications related to the deal, itself, but it also means Ryan Dempster won’t be going to the Braves. That suggests the Cubs have further lost leverage with the Dodgers, or that they didn’t need that leverage anyway (or, relatedly, that the leverage was already completely gone).

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

Still waiting to see the returns on Maholm and Johnson (the return on Soto was about as expected – not much), but I’m glad the Cubs are moving their movable pieces. As I type this, it looks like the main piece coming back to the Cubs is 21-year-old pitcher Arodys Vizcaino, who was one of the Braves’ big four pitching prospects coming into the year until he had Tommy John surgery. This is a very, very good get for the Cubs. Risky, but very, very good.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

I actually ended up getting a Mr. Spokacola from Burger King, which is a drink my friends invented in middle school – pretty much the only time you invent soda machine beverage mixes. It’s three parts Coke/Diet Coke, one part Sprite, and one part Mr. Pibb (Dr. Pepper will do, if you have to).

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

I will never be able to sleep again.

A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:

Current Mood:

Thankful that a deal (or two) actually happened this year.

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

94 responses to “Trade Deadline Blogathon: Hour 14”

  1. TomK

    Mentioned this on twitter – but I REALLY hope someone (ahem. Bruce Miles) calls out Sveum on that statement he made about how the FO would never trade all three starters.

  2. Fastball

    Maybe the Rangers are trying to trade Hamilton and Olt for Garza and LaHair. :=) … Maybe Nolan has had enough of Hamilton’s no hitting ass and is giving him back to his original rightful owners. US…. He just needs a night out on the town and he will be fine. I say we take him in the deal.

    1. bbmoney

      Didn’t the Cubs briefly have Hamilton? Rule 5 pick one year? Or was that Volquez?

      1. ToRqUeMoNsTeR

        yup…sold his right to the Reds for $500K….

        1. bbmoney

          That’s right then the Reds Traded him for Volquez straight up.

    2. calicubsfan007

      @Fastball: Nice Deal. I would have a heart attack if that happened. A good heart attack. (=

  3. Andrewmoore4isu

    W000000t my tweet made the front page

  4. anotherjp

    For those who are concerned about Vizcaino recovering from TJ surgery I seem to recall the Ryan Dempster got his first save as a Cub one year after going under the knife as a Marlin. That seemed to work out alright, didn’t it?

    Also, instead of Delgado for Dempster we basically got Vizcaino for Maholm and Chapman for Johnson. That’s a slam dunk trade for the Cubs IMO.

    1. Tony S

      agreed.

  5. JP cubed

    No way theo and Jed are bringing up BJax to be a 4th OF. Who’s getting dealt next? Dejesus, lahair, or Sory? The last think BJaxK’d needs is to sit the bench 4 days a week.

  6. Njriv

    saw this on twitter, what happened to being traded to a contender? Last time I checked the Giants are in first place.
    @JimBowdenESPNxm
    Alfonso Soriano has told Cubs he will not go to Giants in trade

  7. Kansas Cubs Fan

    I’m kinda hoping the Cubs keep Garza. Or if they don’t they rob the Rangers for Olt plus some.

    Hows Robbie Ross been doing?

  8. Shawn H

    It doesn’t get much beter than this. The replay of the game is on CSNChicago, which I forgot to DVR before leaving for work, and the Blogathon is full effect. Good times.

  9. Adam1680

    Here’s a fun Jeff Passan read : http://sports.yahoo.com/news/cubs-are-open-for-business-with-theo-epstein-s-reputation-and-the-future-of-the-franchise-at-stake.html

    Although he calls Javier Baez a 3rd baseman. That’s a bit premature. But a fun article.

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