Beyond that, we know nothing. But, obviously, the details will be forthcoming soon. This could be great. It could be meh. Dude, we just don’t know.

UPDATE: Sounds like the Cubs are getting a couple minor leaguers. Ken Rosenthal says they’re A-ball pitchers.

UPDATE 2: Rosenthal corrects, and says one is an A-ball pitcher, one is an A-ball positional player.

UPDATE 3: Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant says the players are third base prospect Christian Villanueva and pitching prospect Kyle Hendricks. Digging up the quick-reaction details now.

UPDATE 4: Obviously I’ll have a full write-up on ALL of the new Cubs prospects, but here’s your quick take on these two. Hendricks is a 22-year-old righty with superb numbers at High A this year, but was on the outside of the Rangers’ top 20ish prospects, thanks to the system’s depth. But he’s clearly legit. Villanueva is a very legit third base prospect (a fringe top 100 type before the season), who is playing good defense, and putting up good (not great) numbers at High A this year. He was blocked by Mike Olt (not to mention Adrian Beltre), so the Rangers could move him. This is a very good return for Dempster, if you can divorce your mind from what happened last week.

  • Cooper

    Somehow this all feels very anticlimactic to me…

    • matt

      Yeah, today was a joke. Three trades, and not ONE player that can help the Cubs for 2 years…..This again justifies the highest ticket prices in baseball.

      • Wilbur

        Disagree with half your assessment on today as it was a very important step forward that along with the last two drafts will continue a trend. It’s all about young pitching, young pitching, young pitching and today they got a good haul.

        On the other had the ticket price issue is very valid. It will be hard even as a die hard fan to take in more than an occasional game as prices will be extreme and the talent thin. It will be interesting how they justify the prices for the next two years …

    • Dave

      It will probably several years before we know if any of the minor leaguers the Cubs picked up over the last few days will amount to anything.
      At this point Vizcaino looks like the best of the bunch and he may end up being a bullpen arm/closer.

      • matt

        Exactly. This insanity for a likely closer…that is too bad. Very disappointed.

  • Cooper

    I think the biggest resolution we have reached is confirmation that Jim Bowden is a boob.

    • Seth

      ^This X100

    • Austin W

      Guy is Terrible.

  • Steve

    I, for one, would like to ban the name Delgado from our verbiage moving forward.
    We don’t have him, didn’t get him, and are not going to get him.

    • Professional_High_A

      Banning names will simply produce harry potter like references of “the-failed-trade-prospect-who-must-not-be-named”. Don’t get me wrong I still vote we ban the name, just something to think about.

  • Oswego chris

    Go to bed Brett…

    • Fishin Phil

      This. ^

    • SirCub

      Brett can’t go to sleep yet. I thought this was a 30-day Blogathon, going until the waiver trade deadline.

    • Njriv

      yes, now its Luke’s turn! Full bios and ceilings/floors on all the prospects the cubs got, stat!

  • someday…2015?

    Hendricks numbers are nice. The other guy is just another third baseman that IMO we don’t need. Baez will be a third baseman. Candelario is a third baseman. Oh yeah and that guy in AAA, Vitters. Im guessing he was thrown in for organizational depth. Not Delgado but it is a good pickup.

    • J R

      Yeah aquiring another 3rd baseman was at the bottom of my list, but I guess you go for the best deal possible since Demp bent over the team. Get the hell out of town Dempster u turd.

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  • The Pubic LaHairs

    Go to bed Brett! Thanks for all the excitement! Great work!

  • Steve

    Ok Brett…

    A) I’m super stoked about the return for Demp ( Cats Pajamas type return)

    B) I’m good with it

    C) All that, for this?????

    • EQ76

      I’m not Brett, but I’d go with B.

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  • rbreeze

    We continue to stock the farm system with high quality players. I agree with some that maybe it ended up not being the big splash day that we had hoped but from what I’ve read about the 5 new Cubs, we have some nice players coming to the farm. We have two months to go and then the winter meetings. I can’t complain about the work Theo and Jed have done. I’m sure Jason McLeod had a lot of input too regarding the players we ended up with. Go Cubs!!!
    Nice job Brett!!!!!!!!

  • Brent

    I can’t remember a Cubs trade until this Dempster one where I thought, “Don’t care anymore; good enough.”

  • Mr. Cubster

    My sincerest thanks to both Brett & Mrs. Taylor!!! :-)

  • Patrick G

    What stands out to me about Hendricks: 130 IP with 15 BB’s

    • atfinch

      Yeah, noticed that too – that is crazy!

    • Edward

      That is nice. Strike zone stays the same in the big leagues!

  • emrac

    thanks Brett for this great trade deadline blogathon it was exciting

  • Edward

    Could have been a lot worse. Looks like we got a top 10 prospect in Villanueva and a top 15 in Hendricks. Not bad for a couple months of Ryan Dempster. Does our future look better now than it did 24 hours ago? I say absolutley. Who knows, maybe Soriano talks will resume ASAP. I would think the Tigs would want to get him as soon as they can to help with their push. What’s the earliest the waiver deals can be made?

  • Wester

    Maybe we can get luke to do a 30 hour blogathon now on our new prospects.

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  • JMick

    Remember, Soriano will definitely pass through waivers so I still think it’s possible, if not likely, that he is dealt in the near future, as well. All in all, pretty successful deadline in my opinion.

  • coby

    The downside is neither of these prospects are near major league ready.

    • Njriv

      The Cubs didn’t really require MLB ready talent for Dempster, that’s why everyone was so shocked by the Delgado offer. What the Cubs wants was a couple players with pretty good upside, and that is what they got.

    • anotherjp

      And neither is much of the Cub roster, so no big loss

    • Edward

      Our lineup tonight won’t really be major league ready either…

  • bbmoney

    Villanueva get moved up to AA for Cubs? Was he still in high A because Olt is in AA?

  • Don

    Who’s gonna pitch tonight? Coleman? (vomit)

    • willis

      Double vomit. Bet the house on the Pirates.

    • Leroy K.

      Germano—-all game LOL!!!!

  • Kyle

    I try to forget but it is so hard to think what could have been if dempster had accepted that trade to the braves a week ago, and then theo and jed could have made the main priority garza and soriano. I just feel like they had to waste so much of their time dealking with dempster, especially towards the end. Also, the return would have set a precedence for what the cubs expected in return, garza return could have been huge. O what could have been…

    • cjdubbya

      We can’t change the past, bro…but remember we picked up the pitcher with arguably higher upside in Vizcaino.

      • MaxM1908

        We can’t change it, but we can put blame where it belongs–on Dempster’s egotistical, selfish head.

        Every time Dempster gets lit up in the A.L., I will laugh, laugh, and laugh some more.

    • Flashfire

      Have to agree with this. The chance to get good arms in the high minors is at least delayed to the Garza talks in December. Maybe Fonzi can get one out of Detroit.

    • Kyle

      I agree that Vizcaino is an awesome pick up, but probablility says he is going into the bullpen. Delgado is about as close to a guaranteed starter as you can get. And I hate to do it but you have to put some of the blame on Dempster, Theo and Jed “bent over backwards” to get the deal with L.A., just so Demp would be happy, and guess what he did not even end up in L.A. Originally L.A. was no 1 and Atl was no 2, well where was Texas, you have to imagine he would have rather been a Brave.

  • RWakild

    Hendricks tops out at 89 mph. If he is Greg Maddux will be happy. Chances are that he is not and is a #4 starter. Villanueva plays good defense but we already have decent third basemen ahead of him in the minors. Was hoping for more definately.

    • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

      Good lord. I hope we would all be happy if the return was 300+ plus wins and one of if not the greatest pitcher of the modern era. Hell, I would be happy if he snuck into the rotation in 2 years.

    • bbmoney

      “If he is Greg Maddux will be happy”……whoa….lets temper our expectations….you’d only be happy?

  • willis

    The return is ok. Not a fan of acquiring another 3B. I do like the pitcher they got. He needs to put on some weight though.

    • Austin W

      I think he could move over to 2B, he doesn’t have enough power to be an effective 3B IMO. However he could be a good 2B.

      • T Wags

        Not enough power? The guy hit 30 doubles and 17 homers last year as an 18 year old in A-ball. Oh and he did that while only weighing in at 160 pounds. Yeah the guy obviously should/will add weight but to say he doesn’t have enough power is a mega stretch. Power usually comes last in a player’s development and the kid already has it while resembling a stick figure.

        • T Wags

          Oops. I meant as a 20 year old.

  • Cubs23Ryno

    Thanks for all your hard work Brett. That was one helluva blogathon.

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    Can’t complain. Dude has 15 walks in 130 innings. I would assume he would probably move a little faster here with those type of numbers. He is in A+ now.

  • TonyP

    Freaking Dempster, wouldn’t go to Atlanta when he stated he would, only LA. Ends up not going to LA and hours upon hours of wasted time for FO that could have been spent working on other things. If he wouldn’t have held to his stance of LA only I could understand that. COME ON MAN! I hope these two turn into Santo and 3 Finger Brown.

  • someday…2015?

    Any substance to that rumor there still might be a deal, but it’s still getting worked out, or is that dead??

  • atfinch

    Wanted more trades, specifically Garza and/or Soriano, but I like this move at the very least.

    My last comment then I’m out – I started closely following this site, like many, at the onset of Epstein’s arrival with the Cubs – so this is my first blogathon.

    I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I blew out my Achilles tendon a few weeks ago, had surgery last Friday so I’m laid up – having all of these updates and the constant comments was a lot of fun for me.

    Brett, I appreciate your dedication, your love of the Cubs and your hard work not just over the last few days but since I’ve been more involved with this site – it has been a blast!

    Everyone have a good rest of the afternoon, and hopefully soon we’re talking about a Soriano waiver wire trade.

    To quote someone earlier on here, and the Stern Show, “And a BabaBooey to you all”

  • nkniacc13

    Im just going to guess now that Vitters and Lake may get traded this offseason

    • Austin W

      This trade in NO WAYS means either are getting traded. Villanueva is no where close to as good as a prospect as Vitters and will probably change positions.