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.

While you’re taking it all in, how about picking yourself up a BN shirt or sweatshirt or something? You deserve it.

And I’m going to be on the radio at (new time) 4:15pm CT in Pittsburgh (you can listen here) to talk Cubs/Pirates. The Blogathon’s tentacles reach everywhere!

Total Posts So Far:

9 (and a couple updates).

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

Ryan Dempster remains the heavy focus, with all other players apparently under lock and key.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

We’ve heard now from multiple sources that the Braves would be willing to put Randall Delgado back on the table for Ryan Dempster. But we’ve also heard that the Cubs are “bending over backwards” to get a deal done with L.A. Grumble.

Also, Carlos Zambrano is apparently headed to the Miami bullpen. Nail down the Gatorade cooler now.

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

Do you want to share your thoughts, and your hopes and dreams for the deadline? Head over to the Message Board and do it.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Coke Zero. I had a late lunch – still trying to re-organize my schedule – so it was my standard lunch beverage.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

The Wife is currently taking a nap right in front of me. It’s a good thing she isn’t pulling this crap tomorrow.

A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:

Current Mood:

Feeling lecture-y about the Dempster situation, as if to say, “Hey, you guys. Get a good deal done.” …


  • gdub

    It’s bizzaro world – that can only mean an epic trade on the horizon.

  • Jim

    Rumor – Cards are offering David Freese for Matt Garza and Brett Taylor.

    • rhino70

      We would need a blogger to be named later included, and there is no one in St. Louis that can spell big words like Bleacher and Nation.

      • Jim

        Good one!

    • MichiganGoat

      pass I would need at least two high prospects added plus Brett is on a one year contract so we can resign him next year, but he might invoke his 10-5 blogger rights

      • rhino70

        Do you think the Cardinals even have 2 legitimate blogging prospects????

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Crap! I don’t have 10/5 rights yet!

      • rhino70

        In the blogging world, 10/5 means you’ve posted at least 10 blog entries, and 5 of them are relevant and make sense.

        You’re covered.

      • MichiganGoat

        well at least we can say that a trade happen during the blog-a-thon 😉

    • NCMoss

      Never!!!! Ace is irreplaceable!

  • gutshot5820

    CBS Sports is reporting the talks are heating up and ESPN Buster Olney is saying there hasn’t been any recent dialogue. What a joke!! Please stop the BS reporting and do some actual real reporting.

  • MIkeL

    I would demand Shelby miller!!! This is Brett taylor we’re talking about!!!

  • Dcf

    As far as I understood, the whole point of the blogathon was that Brett promised to break at least one trade per hour, right? Big letdown so far

    • Bric

      This is it boys, this is war. What are we waiting for?…

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Waaaaaait a minute…

  • Cheryl

    Kaplan hasn’t said anything in a while has he?

  • Brian Myers


    Out of curiosity, what do you think the odds are that the Cubs don’t even make a move before the trade deadline? That doesn’t mean a move can’t be made, just that it will be a bit more difficult. Getting a couple questionable prospects from the Dodgers vs getting (I believe) a draft pick, that draft pick might look good if your scouting sees a higher upside with the pick.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Not making a single trade? Less than 5%.

  • jim

    Colletti is just a flack! How did he get to be gm??? From cub flack to gm; has to be story there.

  • TRS

    Does Theo have much experience as a “seller’? I know Jed unloaded with Padres, but with the Cubs not making any moves for the Reed, Baker types….I wonder if Theo is outsmarting himself by asking too much.

  • http://www.albuquerquerealestateplace.com rich cederberg

    Great job Brett, keep the updates coming! Surely a Dempster deal can get done…?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Fingers crossed. And thanks.

  • skidrow

    I think we should just pull the and sign kenny powers.

  • Njriv

    If what Dempster said was true, that he did not reject the Atlanta deal and wanted time to think and the cubs to try the Dodgers again, why don’t the Cubs just tell him that the Dodgers can not match the Braves offer. Now that he has had time to think it over, and Delgado is supposedly still on the table, to go with Atlanta or pick another destination because it looks like the Dodgers aint happening.

  • Kevin

    F@&k the Dodgers……….no deal!

  • MichiganGoat

    Seriously I haven’t heard any news about what Dick Tidrow is up to, come on Brett

  • Freshness21

    This trade deadline reminds me of my marriage – lots of time on the internet and zero action! Let’s get on with it already.

  • terencem

    The reverse camera thing in that photo is tripping me out.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Fixed it for the next one. Was bugging me, too.

  • http://www.cwsnaturally.com Evolution

    This doesn’t end badly…does it?

    With a couple o’ Feds busting down the door to catch you wearing three large pairs of Depends, and about to inject an anabolic highball?

    Because that would be awesome…

  • http://twitter.com/sportstalk2345 Matthew Orso

    What a trooper!!! Would love to do that myself tonight but don’t have an outlet for it!!