I guess I’m not sure what I expected.

This is only my second Trade Deadline Blogathon, and I don’t know that one prior experience is sufficient to build expectations.

And, yet, here I sit – struggling to form sentences – and I find that the expectations I didn’t form have been wildly exceeded. I’m speaking not of the Cubs’ deals, but instead, I’m speaking of your participation. And support. And contributions. And fun. Things like this don’t just happen all the time, and, forgive my sleep-deprivation-induced sentimentality, I think it was quite special.

Thank you for your comments, for your tweets, for your eyes. I had an incredible time, and I hope you found the process both fun and useful. It was hard, but it was worth it.

As for the Cubs’ Trade Deadline, this is just about what should have been reasonably expected. Without Matt Garza’s injury, he probably gets traded. But, once that happened, moving Ryan Dempster and Paul Maholm was probably the best the Cubs could do. They also got a nice piece for Geovany Soto, a guy they probably weren’t going to keep beyond this year, and used Reed Johnson to enhance the Maholm return. You can’t argue that the Cubs didn’t do well, generally-speaking, in their deals. Indeed, the Dempster return ended up being far better than I expected, given how things deteriorated since last Monday. No, it isn’t Randall Delgado, but that world ceased to exist probably before it was even born. We’re best not thinking of it. Well, or, at a minimum, we’re best not thinking that the fact that Delgado isn’t here is somehow a failing on the part of the front office.

Let me sum up the Deadline this way: two months ago, would you have ever envisioned this haul of prospects for Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Geovany Soto, and Reed Johnson? I will say candidly, I did not.

I will have much, much more on the deals of the last two days (including quotes and reactions), and on the prospects the Cubs received, over the coming days (I suspect Luke will have a word or two on the prospects, as well). We’ll also talk about where the Cubs’ trade strategy stands now that we’ve entered August – trades can still happen, and we’ll get to that.

And, to the extent it isn’t obvious, although I’ll get a Pre-Gamin’ up in a little bit, the Enhanced Box Score will be all kinds of delayed.

Now for the final tallies.

Total Posts During the Blogathon: 

39. In case you missed any of those 39 posts, I tried to place them all in the “Cubs Rumors” category. Click there to flip through them all.

Total BN Tweets During the Blogathon:

Ha. Not even reasonable to count. Many, many hundreds. Check out the #BNBlogathon tweets, too. You guys are amazing.

Total Comments During the Blogathon:

3800+ and counting.

Total Visitors During the Blogathon:

180,000+ (and counting).

Total Cubs Transactions at the Deadline:

Three, assuming you’re counting last nights’ deals, which I am.

Total Caffeinated Beverages Imbibed:

Two Coke Zeroes.

One Extra Large Mr. Spokacola.

Two Starbucks mocha frappuccinos.

One Rockstar Energy drink.

One chai latte.

Hours I Plan on Sleeping Now:


Total Times I Scooped the Litter at the Request of The Wife As Soon As She Woke Up From a Good Night’s Sleep


  • calicubsfan007

    Hey, Thanks for all you have done for us with this blogathon! You are awesome!

  • Jim L.

    Great job, Brett. I’m tired out trying to follow everything on FB, Twitter, BN, etc. and I got 6 hours of sleep last night.

  • Windy City Misfit

    Your the Ace of this team buddy .. .Thank you for keeping all of us up to late.

  • cjdubbya

    Well done. Outstanding. (Enter any number of superlatives here)

  • Picklenose

    sweet dreams, and thanks for the blogathon!

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Great job Brett. Go get some well deserved sleep!

  • Chris S

    Well done, Bret.. Thank you for all your hard work!

    You’re not going to have to have another fund raiser to pay for all the extra traffic to the website or anything, are you?

  • Smitty

    Only one problem, Brett. WHere’s the final picture of your sleep-deprived self?

  • Nick Kappel

    Excellent job, Brett. I’ve had your tweets sent to my phone for the last 30 hours. I really appreciate the work you put in to keep us informed. I’ll be purchasing my first BN shirt and making a modest donation to the site very soon.

  • DocPeterWimsey

    Enjoy your coma: don’t let them unplug you!

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

    Well done. Your efforts are appreciated. As are those of Jed and Theo. Kaplan has proven his salt today as well.

    Hoyer’s words regarding Dempster today are candid and appreciated.

  • Kyle

    Thanks Brett… I think we will just have to wait 5 years to figure out if we were winners or losers on this deadline. no immediate gratification unfortunately but I have faith in Theo and Jed. Go Cubs!

  • Dan

    Great Job Brett. All of your effort is much appreciated!

  • Mrp

    Good stuff man. I wish I could have been around more for it but it has been a busy couple of days. Really enjoyed what little bit I was able to see though.

  • Fishin Phil

    Little different from last year, eh?

    You did great! Thanks again, please pass along our thanks to your wife for sharing you with us on her birthday.

  • Caleb

    Nice work, friend.

  • Mick6x

    Well done, now get some damn asleep!

  • william

    When does the waivers start and who do u think will be put on them do u think garza might since the cubs fo can pull him off

  • EQ76

    Brett, you mean you’re not going to stay up to watch taped delayed olympics events?

  • Gcheezpuff

    Excellent job.. Thoroughly enjoyed your coverage!!!

  • Spencer

    Great work!!

  • Tim

    Bretty, i may have a slight man crush on you

  • Ogyu

    Thank you, Brett.

  • TonyP

    Thanks Brett

  • Patrick W.

    Great job, and thanks Brett. Advice: Get 3 hours of sleep, get up and stay up for 3 hours, then crash for however long you need. It works.

  • Njriv

    Look at it this way guys, Baker is going to be a FA at the end of the year, he isn’t coming back, probably same with Mather and it looks like Soriano might be traded through waivers, if he keeps hitting like this I wont mind keeping him. The dead weight is almost completely gone!

  • jpeck

    Great Job Brett. It was nice to have a place to go for instant updates. now, hit the showers kid!!!

  • Freshness21

    Nice work, Brett. Your coverage was awesome

  • SonnyESQ

    Thanks!! Fun stuff!!

  • Polar Bear

    Excellent job!!! Enjoy your hibernation.