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.

Ok. This has become hard. Obviously I knew it would be hard – that was the whole point. And I also knew that this time of day might be the worst, even worse than the very end of the 30 hours. My thoughts are running together. I’m tired. But I’m artificial stimulated (I’m not tired enough to know how that sounds). My stomach doesn’t feel so great.

I’m reminded of why, through law school and years of lawyering, I never pulled an all-nighter. Some folks are just built for it, and I’m not one of those folks. Even if it’s just a couple hours, I need sleep.

The sun will be a welcome sight.

Total Posts So Far:

24 (and a WHOLE bunch of updates).

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

The Diamondbacks are trying to put together a “blockbuster,” which may or may not include the likes of Cliff Lee or *gasp* Felix Hernandez.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

It’s that Diamondbacks bit, no doubt (Ken Rosenthal appears to be the only writer burning the way-after-midnight oil. Good on him.). If they snag a tip-top pitcher, how do the Giants and Dodgers not respond?

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

Still feeling good about the direction. If the Cubs closed up shop right now, having dealt only Maholm, Johnson, and Soto, I’d probably be a bit annoyed (mostly about Dempster). But I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

I’ve finally cracked one of the energy drinks. A “Rockstar Perfect Berry.” They oversold it. It tastes like carbonated Pepto-Bismol. And I’m pretty sure it’s having the opposite effect on my stomach.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

I think about running down my driveway, just to run. Not, like, to get away. And not necessarily to exercise. But just to run. I haven’t done it yet. But I might.

A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:

Current Mood:

I can’t lie. I’m weary.

  • Sean

    What if Assman22 was Theo Epstein himself. Remember the coffee shop?

    • gutshot5820

      Well, if he is right this time, I will heap praise upon him. Until then, he is a very intuitive poster making intelligent guesses on what may or may not happen.

  • Rizzo44

    How about this trade between the Cubs and Rangers. Rangers get Garza, DeJesus and Marmol. Cubs get Martin Perez, Mike Olt, Justin Grimm and Neftali Feliz. This gives the Rangers an upgrade in starting pitching (Graza) and helps them add some depth at the back end of the BP. Also DeJesus would be a good fit in Texas as a fourth OF. Cubs get younger and a 3B for the future! Feliz can go back to the closer roll for the Cubs. What do you guys think?

    • chirogerg

      wishful thinking. why would the rangers do that?

      • Rizzo44

        Because they’re not doing so hot right now and the Angels are right behind them. They have to do something and this solves a lot of problems. It was just a thought and yes this deal would be huge for the Cubs so I’m sure it wouldn’t happen. But I can hope!

    • gutshot5820

      I don’t think the Rangers would be too happy with that deal. You do know that Marmol probably has a negative value right now? You couldn’t give him away with his contract unless you added money or prospect.

      • Rizzo44

        I agree with that so put B Jackson in the deal he K’s way to much for me.

    • Jack Weiland

      The Rangers would never do this. At this point I don’t even think they’d do Olt and Perez.

      • Rizzo44

        Well there chances of making it back to the WS are going down by the day. So I think Ryan will do a lot more than people expect because he wants to win now.

    • quintz

      Maybe the Rangers would laugh themselves nto a state of psychosis and accept? Is that your angle?

      • Jack Weiland

        Interesting play. Hey, by all means necessary …

  • http://www.cwsnaturally.com Evolution

    With the Cubs taking Vizcaino during TJ rehab…wondering if that clears the smoke from any idea that Garza couldn’t be traded. Obviously…Garza would be going somewhere they could use him right now, but does free up the idea that an injured pitcher couldn’t fly.

  • gutshot5820

    Somebody please get traded so I can get some sleep. Who is left? Camp, Baker, LaHair, Soriano, Garza and Dempster.

  • PRcajun

    Brett – Hang in there, buddy! Stay with us, we’re more than half way there and I sense the real good trades are coming right around noon.

    Also – I’ve done the running down the driveway bit…can’t beat it. You know what also works…follow that up with a lil’ jumping rope (imaginary rope, tho’) and shadow boxing. Disclaimer: The way you look now, your neighbors may call the police you.

    • cjdubbya

      He’s just a little unkempt, not like he’s zombie-esque…at least not yet.

  • od

    David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that the Dodgers, Yankees and Rangers are in play for Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster.
    Previous reports have indicated that Dempster would prefer to play in Los Angeles, a big reason why a deal with the Braves blew up, but Kaplan was told that the veteran right-hander would accept a deal to any of the three clubs assuming the Cubs find a suitable offer. Dempster, an impending free agent, has a 2.25 ERA through 16 starts this year.

    • Rizzo44

      Package Dempster, Garza, and Marmol to the Yankees or Rangers get back as much as possible! Top 20 player 5 or 6 would be nice!

  • quintz

    Am I missing something? What’s with the urgency that surrounds Soriano and Marmol? Aren’t they equally as movable at the end of August? Clearly neither guy would be picked up on waivers?

    • dreese

      I think both of those players are easier to deal as an add in to a bigger deal. I think thats why there is some urgency.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      You’re right, but the urgency is: teams could be filling their needs right now. Miss out now, miss the boat. That’s the possibility.

      • dreese

        That is true as well but I do agree that both Sori and Marmol will both clear waivers. What a package that would be :)

      • quintz

        I suppose I was thinking that the market on players would be dramatically limited because not too many players on the market would pass through waivers, and while the number of teams with needs would certainly drop, with injuries and unforeseen issues they is probably more than we’d think.

  • quintz

    Yea, that could be true. It seems like adding those cats to a package could decrease your prospect load.

    I guess it’s all contingent on the $$$$$ sent with them.

  • Karen P

    Did the huge storm that ripped through Grand Rapids about 2am last night hit you guys? If so, you should have danced in the rain. Refreshing stuff!