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.

It took me some time to get my bearings this morning, because I usually focus heavily on writing in the mornings, and then Twitter/Facebook/comments/etc., later in the day. I’m trying to do all at once, and I didn’t realize how difficult it is.

And I’m going to be on the radio at 4:30pm CT in Pittsburgh (you can listen here) to talk Cubs/Pirates. The Blogathon’s tentacles reach everywhere!

Total Posts So Far:


News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

The Dodgers and Cubs are still in discussions about Ryan Dempster AND Alfonso Soriano, according to Tim Brown and Ken Rosenthal.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

Cliff Lee might be on the trade block, which could impact the Cubs’ efforts, depending on how much of his salary the Phillies are willing to eat. He’s about to turn 34, and makes $25 million from 2013 to 2015, plus a $27.5 million vesting option in 2016. That’s a tough contract to move if you want to get a nice return.

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

Still not a lot to say. The Cubs are “underground,” but we know they’re deep in talks with a number of teams about a number of players.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

A nice chai latte. It’s a smooth way to start the process.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

My eyes remain really heavy. I think my “sleep in really late” strategy is causing me some problems, because it forced me to, like, fall back asleep at 7am this morning. So now my body is rebelling, thinking that today was just going to be a sleepy day.

A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:

Current Mood:

Head down, cat enthusiast …

(The Wife sniped that picture, and, is it just me, or do I look like a bobblehead?)

  • Ogyu

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Source: #Cubs “trying to bend over backwards” to get Dempster to #Dodgers, his desired team. Talks continue.

    Somehow, if I were the Cubs, “bending over” for Dempster is not the image I would want to invoke just now…

    • notcubbiewubbie

      yea i know he already shoved up their anal sphincter duct. don’t bbq for my medical spelling ha ha

      • leroy k.

        To quote Sheldon “The body has 12 different sphincters—can you name them all?”

  • http://twitter.com/SouvenirCity Engine 78

    Holdup in Dempster talks remains quality of prospects #Cubs would receive from #Dodgers. Want actual talent back.

    Likely been the case since last Monday. If the fans know the Cubs have no leverage, it’s no wonder the Dodgers do too. At this point, it’s more likely we end up taking back C level prospects and the Dodgers have to pay his salary than the other way around.

    Probably goes without saying, but Ryan Dempster better be grateful they’re doing him a solid like this. Neither side owes the other a thing. Cubs don’t owe Dempster, he doesn’t owe them.

  • Fastball

    we can’t get one player traded to the Dodgers with 10-5 rights now they want to throw Soriano in to the mix with his 10-5 rights. I don’t take anymore Dodgers phone calls if I’m Theo. They are stonewalling us so we forget to trade any of our other players. Colletti is in on the Cubs curse.

  • Fastball

    Just give Dempster a 2 year extension for $20 Mil and close this part of the debacle. We can use him fhor at least 2 more years and he is worth $20 Mil for two years until we can get our young pitching moved through the system. Any pitcher we get back from the Dodgers at this point is going to suck anyways.

  • Tennessee Cub

    It is being reported from Jack Mehoff that Dempster is bending the Cubs over forwards and sticking it to them so he can get to LA then give it to Lilly!!!

  • ncsujuri

    I picture Dempster saying it like Teddy KGB (John Malkavich) in Rounders “I stick it in you”

  • leroy k.

    Brett looks taller in “real life” than his standard picture!!!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I am! … not. I’m a legit 5’8″. I’ll take it, but my dad was 6’2″. Thanks a lot, vagaries of the gene pool.

      • leroy k.

        I’m 5’3″ ALL my sisters are taller than me. God has a sense of humor.

        • Cyranojoe

          And this reminds me to count my blessings that I managed to make it to 5’6″… okay, almost…

          Funny thing, perspective. I once got in a row with somebody because I thought I was just as tall as a friend, who turned out to have a solid 2 inches on me. Not that it matters, but, *sigh*.

  • RICH

    Brett looks tired early…

    dude you just hit the first water station…get up!!!!

  • RICH

    there has to be a point where the Cubs tell the Dodgers to we are done…
    and say we will give you Sori , Demp and LaHair…we will pay Sori and Demp money

    just give us one decent prospect..

    then go tell Demp….this is it…midnight tonight and you can go to ATL with Chipper
    try for the post season and a ring…

    then free agent with Dodgers next year

  • PRcajun

    uh oh, Brett…at what point do you think it’ll be ethical to go into the cat’s pajamas??? (you know, for good luck and all)