And, so it begins. A 30-hour journey into the depths of insanity, depravity, and baseball rumors.

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.

This will give you a taste of what the recaps will look like, and also

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

None. This is the first recap, so there’s nothing to recap. Fortunately, or unfortunately, nothing much happened while I was taking my pre-Blogathon sleep, which went well, by the way.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

It’s not since the last recap, but Ken Rosenthal just reported it – if you’ll recall, there was some confusion about whether a deal involving a 10/5 player was subject to a 24-hour waiting period (giving the guy plenty of time to think about the trade). If that was true, deals involving those guys – think Dempster or Soriano – would have to be agreed upon today, so they could be finalized tomorrow. Rosenthal says that changed in the new CBA, and there’s no longer such a waiting period, which is good news for the Cubs.

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

There isn’t much to analyze at this point, other than the Cubs’ apparent desire to be patient, and keep asking prices sky high. For now, it seems like a fair strategy, given that the deadline is still 30 hours away. Then again, trades already seem to be favoring sellers, so maybe it’s time to get on with it.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

None yet. About to have a bowl of caffeine-free cereal.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

None yet. I am refreshed, focused, and not at all crazy.

Current Mood:

Nerd-level excited …

  • Max Miller

    #FakeDempsterRumors: Demp will now only accept a trade to Japan, but demands to be served an order of poutine by a squadron of Canadian Mounties before officially waiving his 10 and 5 rights.

  • Engine 78

    The Phillies have the potential to really gum up the market with Pence and Lee now. They could see the greatest gain whereas we were once a candidate for that. If they were to add Headley somehow, it’d be huge. 3B is such a blackhole around MLB right now.

    Still not seeing any other suitors approaching Atlanta or Los Angeles in terms of starting pitching. Perhaps the waiting has actually benefited us. Dempster may get his wish in LAD with them being forced to include Lee or Atlanta may either resume talks for Delgado. Maybe even be forced to up the offer. Perhaps that last part is a bit optimistic but it’s not impossible.

  • Lou

    Speaking of the Braves, what if the Braves were to make Brian McCann a FA. According to Cots he has a 12 mil dollar club option with a .5 mil buyout. They have a C prospect in Bethancourt and could be going in a new direction after this season with Jones’s retirement. I’d like the Cubs to pick him up providing that, when healthy, he could provide LH pop and the Cubs really don’t have much in the catching dept. Other than this season, his career stats are solid.

  • Jeremy

    Ton of moving pieces but major pieces

    Texas: Garza and Upton
    D-Backs: Profar/Andrus + more
    Cubs: Skaggs, Perez, Olt +

  • Sosa23

    newest rumor is andy pettite and brett gardner and derek jeter for soto, demp and soriano

  • Cub Style

    We should just take all of Cliff Lee’s salary. 😛

  • #1lahairfan

    How about dempster to the nationals?

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