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.

With the game kicking off, I wouldn’t be surprised if the rumor chatter drops off for a bit.

Total Posts So Far:

12 (and a bunch of updates).

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

Dale Sveum expects Ryan Dempster to be dealt before tomorrow, and it still seems like the Dodgers are the most likely landing spot. Other than Dempster … I mean, do the Cubs even have any other players?

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

Other than that Sveum bit, it’s probably the fact that Paul Maholm’s name finally came up in a national mention (from Ken Rosenthal). But it was pretty much an un-mention, as he noted only that teams have interest, but the Cubs might keep Maholm thanks to his cheap option for 2013 ($6.5 million).

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

I like that they’re keeping things quiet, in terms of execution, but it sure isn’t fun as a fan. I want deets!

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Diet Coke, this time with dinner. I’m treating myself to Burger King. Yup, that’s a treat of sorts for some reason.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

I’m feeling incredibly “twitchy.” No, I didn’t take any drugs, and I’m on only my third caffeinated drink of the day. Tiredness is definitely not a current issue, though.

A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:

Current Mood:

Interested in seeing how Justin Germano looks as a starter.

  • Tony S


  • Assman22

    Update: two offers currently on the table for Dempster the FO is okay with, neither of which are with LAD but one is indeed with Atlanta and I would presume the other is with the Nats given the news earlier today. Up to Dempster now.

    • MaxM1908

      I don’t think I could be any more disappointed in Dempster if he walked out to the mound at Wrigley, squatted and dropped a load extending two middle fingers to the crowd in either direction.

      • Spencer


    • anotherjp

      Hope you’re right… the way I look at it the Cubs can disclose the preferred trade partner and make an offer to trade Demp subject to his approval. Make him publicly deny trade.

    • Mike

      source or link?

    • Tony S

      I have crossed everything hoping this is correct Assman.
      Hopefully something like Dempster + Lake for Delgado + Bethancourt.

  • MaxM1908

    Wakes up in middle of night in London…checks BN….”Cubs and Dodgers still talking about Dempster…”….grumble grumble. Stupid Dempster. Rolls back to sleep.

    • Daniel

      At the Olympics? Or are you a local?

      • MaxM1908

        Here on work. Arrived yesterday morning. Had a four hour nap and woke up wide awake at 2AM local time. The joys of jetlag.

        • Daniel

          Working at the Olympics?

          Pissing you off yet? Lol

          • MaxM1908

            Nope, my work is completely un-fun and depressing (I’m a lawyer). I won’t even come within a stone’s throw of an olympic venue while I’m here for the next two weeks.

            • DocPeterWimsey

              Shouldn’t that be “barrister”?


              • MaxM1908

                I wish. My work is more solicitor-like. What I would give to be able to wear one of those wigs in Her Majesty’s Courts. Why, I’d give up Dempster and Soriano for a B-prospect in the Dodgers’ system.

            • Internet Random

              Nope, my work is completely un-fun and depressing (I’m a lawyer).

              Indeed… I am depressed for you… vicarious depressability.

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    3 run homer darwin barney…4-2 cubs

  • kevin

    I go here for all of my cubs updates, but am starting to get ticked off by your constant sleep updates and also the way you treat “the wife”. Lets keep it to baseball…your pretty dull otherwise.

    • Ben

      Are you kidding ,or are you just a cynical asshole?

      • Wilbur

        It certainly sounds pretty self centered. I like the family touches …

    • Nick

      Disagree. Brett being a real person (and doing fun things like blogathons) is one of the many reasons I like it here. Plus, in Brett’s defense, this is a “meta” post. Stick to the bullets, stoves, and EBS for the Cubs-only stuff.

      • Daniel

        Nick, FTW.

        So much this.

    • MaxM1908

      This had better been said as a joke.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Man, whatever you do, don’t click on the “Happy Birthday, Wife” post!

      • Drew7


      • Nick

        Ha. I thought he was commenting on that post, hence my “meta” comment. Take Brett’s advice. Don’t read it!

  • ProfessorCub

    Jedstein now offering Darwin Barney for Cliff Lee and Hunter Pence.

  • anotherjp

    Three run bomb by Rizzo… 7-2 Cubbies. He’s not half the talent that Trout is though.

  • Tony S


    Things are looking up. Barney and Rizzo go yard then straight after the game Dempster is traded to the Braves for Delgado. Brett gets to squeal for the remaining 20 hours of the blogathon and Cubs fans can forget about the last week.

  • ChiTown


  • Derek

    Reed traded?

  • Drew7

    Finally! Thanks for everything, Reed!

  • Daves

    Is Reed Johnson gone?

  • jstraw

    Bye Reed…love ya.

  • MaxM1908

    Did something actually just happen? Are we going to make a trade before the deadline?

  • KidCubbi

    Holy cow. Did Reed Johnson just get traded?

  • ProfessorCub

    Always liked Reed – best of luck!

  • gratefulled

    Reed, thanks for playing your ass off every time you took the field. You were a pleasure to watch as a Cub. Wish you the best.

    • 100 Years of Tears

      Good luck, Reed!!!

  • CityCub

    Any idea where he just got traded to?

  • anotherjp

    Anyone see if Dempster is in the dugout? Maybe part of a bigger deal… would make sense if Reed and Demp to LA

    • anotherjp

      BTW… 9 run fifth. Unreal…

  • Patrick

    I’ll always remember that game in Milwaukee when Reed Johnson climbed the right field wall to rob Prince Fielder of a grand slam. I’m going to really miss that guy :'(.

    • jstraw

      Prince tipped his cap to him then Reed got drilled in his next plate appearance.

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    reeds gone so whats the story?

  • cubmig

    The way the Cubs are playing, hitting and scoring, I wouldn’t be surprised if Theo&Jed will be left with just the nucleus they wanted to keep…….

  • cubmig

    From Rotoworld:

    “Reed Johnson was pulled from Monday’s game and exchanged hugs and handshakes with teammates in the dugouts.
    Media reports all agree that a trade has been consummated, though a destination and compensation has not yet been revealed. Cubs czar Theo Epstein did well to get whatever he could in this circumstance. Johnson, 35, has hit .307/.361/.452 this year. That slash line would be shocking except for the fact that he posted equal numbers last year. Johnson didn’t figure into long-term plans for the Cubs and needed to be moved for future pieces.”

  • David

    I don’t know what theo got either, but its kind of silly to say he “did well” until we do know isn’t it?

  • Brad

    Soto to Rangers, Napolis coming to Wrigley!!!!!