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lou piniella sleepingI am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter (hash tag #BNBlogathon for those who want to jump into the fray themselves) – for 36 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.

Sorry for the slightly late update. Sahadev and I are recording a special Blogathon edition of the BN Podcast. I am actually typing up this post while we record (and following the Cubs game … and following rumors). Multitasking, for the win.

Total Posts So Far:

13.

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

Those Biogenesis suspensions could impact just about everything, and there’s a whole lot of little Lukewarm Stove bits for digesting.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

It’s still probably the Jake Peavy situation, with the White Sox trying to convince teams they’re willing to keep him, the Diamondbacks reportedly being out on him, and now being frontrunners for him.

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

I am typing and speaking at the same time, so I have no extra thoughts available about anything.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Still sipping my gargantuan – and gross – Diet Coke from Wendy’s.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

I wonder if people can hear my tap-tap-tapping away on the podcast. Tough noogies, if so.

A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:

Your Visual Update:

  • DarthHater

    You need to clean your office, Bert. :-P

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      You’re not supposed to look at anything in the shot except me!

      • DarthHater

        I was looking at everything except you, man.

        • JB88

          All that other stuff looks like teachery-crap. I’m guessing it is the Mrs.’s stuff.

      • terencemann

        If it helps at all, I’ve seen video blogs from Keith Law where his office was nearly as bad.

  • JB88

    I like your old-school Harry Carey-style mic.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Very high quality. (Using it right now, too!)

  • RD

    Starlin Castro has to lead the league in LOB.

  • Hawkeye

    Definately enjoying the vine part of the #BNBlogathon updates.

    Any chance you can collect on some product placement advertising from Wendy’s? That vine is the second time I have seen that cup today with their logo on it?

  • Ryan

    Why are you giving us all the Forrest Whittaker eye in that Vine?

  • Vulcan

    Loving the Vine updates! You should try to incorporate it into Bleacher Nation posts more often.

  • João Lucas

    It’s nice of Federico to wish luck to Bleacher Report.

  • North Side Irish

    Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN 21s
    The Cubs are getting solid interest on Nate Schierholtz, one of the few good hitters on the market. More than likely he gets traded.

    • afinch

      Would be happy with this if it nets us a solid pitching prospect in return. I like Schierholtz but he’s not, at least based on age, penciled in to being a big part of the future here. I’d think based on his career so far that this is the time to sell high on him for sure.

      • hansman1982

        If we can cash in on a platoon OF’ers career year, I say you have to do that every time.

  • Crockett

    BOOM. Finally another text from Minnesota:

    “I think Schierholtz is definitely going to be trade. The names I am hearing are pretty good. Gotta think you’d be excited about the returns that are floating around right now.”

    • Vulcan

      Yes! Gotta love the Minnesota sources.

    • Believe in 2015

      YES!!! What are some of the teams interested? Rios looks like he is going to be a Pirate soon

    • afinch

      Nice.

    • On The Farm

      Come on Glasnow

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

      Thanks for the update Crockett. I hope the Pirates are involved.

    • TonyP

      How is it that a guy in the Minnesota FO knows the names for floating around with other teams trade negotiations, unless Minnesota was involved, which doesn’t seem likely. Not doubting you, just curious…..

      • On The Farm

        Crockett has mentioned before that his “guy” said that you would be surprised the amount of information that is actually out there as open knowledge.

      • Coop

        From Crockett’s previous explanations – it sounds like there is a great deal of general chatter throughout baseball’s inner circle of management. Some teams/FOs (like Theo/Jed) tend to be more tight-lipped about specifics of negotiations, while other teams are much looser with information leaks.

        I think this is where Crockett’s MIN source picks up interesting tidbits – gathering leaks, and other FO rumors/gossip. It has often played out to be reliable, even if specifics are often lacking.

        • DarthHater

          Yea, but if he wants to compete with the Assman, he needs a catchier monicker, like Boobarino or something.

          • Coop

            Chesty LaRue. Tits Magee.

      • Crockett

        To concur with the previous replies, there is a TON of information out there inside the front offices. Certain front offices share more than others, however. Texas, for instance, is notoriously loose-lipped while Kenny Williams’ was the Fort Knox of information. My friend said there is a lot more information out there that he is privy to than I would ever believe. Also, the “insider” journalists also know more than they are allowed to tell at the time. They are told things “off the record” that they are not allowed to print. This aids them with their analysis after the fact, etc.

        • TonyP

          Thanks very interesting….

      • The Dude Abides

        You should wait on Assman to confirm any rumors. His inside information is to die for.

  • When the Music’s Over

    If the Sox got Tallion, that would be by far better than any guy the Cubs have picked up in trades in the last two years. Glasnow fits that as well, though you can replace “by far” with “much”. That’s really too bad.

  • Theo&Jed Koolaid

    Lets trade our prospects for more prospects and ptbnl so we can contend in 2033 looking towards the future! I hear there is this 9 year old droppin bombs in indianapolis!

    • On The Farm

      No but seriously I saw an article in SI about this 5 year old who was an absolute masher. It was a few years ago so he is probably about 7 now

      • Theo&Jed Koolaid

        Could be same kid lol

        • On The Farm

          Depends is he of Latino descent?

          • Theo&Jed Koolaid

            I think he is…but could be wrong

    • Theo&Jed Koolaid

      Btw great job brett….ive been up for about 20 hours now!

    • BT

      Hilarious! Cuz that’s exactly what we are doing if we trade Schierholtz since he’s 29, and we just signed him.

      • Kyle

        It always depends on return, but we do have a chance to do something in 2014, but trading away cost-controlled guys for that season makes it a lot harder. I’m not thrilled with Schierholtz’s apparently impending trade.

        • On The Farm

          I would be fine with it if the FO decides they are going to resign Sweeney (and not based on his looks mind you), or if they make a bigger splash with Ellsbury. It depends on the moves they plan on making this offseason, because I agree internal options under control don’t look as attractive as just keeping Schierholtz around.

        • BT

          In what world is Sheirholtz a “prospect”?

          • TWC

            In the world in which he wanders the foothills of the Sierras with a burro and a knapsack, panning for gold.

            • Danny Ballgame

              You’re thinking of a prospector

              • TWC

                No kidding, Danny.

      • jpeck

        I like Schierholtz, but I dont think he changes the outcome of our team by more than a game or 2.

        • Kyle

          If things go well in the next eight months, we’re starting to get into the projection range where 1 or 2 games matter quite a bit.

          • hansman1982

            Depends if you think that Schierholtz will be able to bring similar production to the team next year. If you think he will return to a more normal Schierholtz, you can replace his production on the FA market.

            • cms0101

              This could be a sell high opportunity. But I wouldn’t give him away for the sake of dumping him. The return would have to be worthwhile, and they would have to have a plan for RF next season.

              • hansman1982

                Ya, I think the FO has proven they are not following the Jim Hendry school of “Sell-Off Methodology”

                • BT

                  I’m fine with keeping Sheirholtz. I’m fine with trading him, assuming the return is substantial enough. If they give him away, we should all complain. I don’t see any reason to believe this front office would give away a viable asset. But trading away Sheirholtz is not proof that we are trading away our “prospects” and moving the timeline for competition back a few more years. It means the FO saw an opportunity to increase the value of our assets.

                  It will be much, much, MUCH easier to find another Sheirholtz on the FA market next year than it will be to find the presumed return we get for him in a trade.

            • Kyle

              I’m not sure you can easily replace even ordinary Schierholtz numbers as cheaply as you can have Schierholtz. That’s the key. It’s not just his numbers, it’s his arbitration status.

              • Coop

                True – although I think we are also hoping that the Cubs should be in a position where a cheap (>$3) OF doesn’t make or break the roster. Schierholtz has been great, but part of that is based on his performs in relation to his contract. As many have argued – the Cubs should have one of the higher payrolls in baseball. There needs to be a balance between cost savings and true production. Without a salary cap, there is less emphasis necessary on the bottom line ratio between cost:production. Now, for a small market team like Oakland, this is a much bigger deal. Sure, it still matters to the Cubs, but not as much as to many other teams. That’s why you should be able to extract a meaningful return if you are dealing him to a small market club.

                All that being said, I really hope we don’t trade Nate. I was on board with signing him, and thought he would be a pleasant surprise (and there are no posts from me here stating otherwise, so you can’t prove I ever thought any different…). If he goes, it better be for a significant return.

                • Kyle

                  In the long run, we can get to that point.

                  But I don’t think we’re at that point for 2014. We have a lot of work to do this offseason and just enough money to do it.

                  Now, there’s a lot of possibilities that would make me happy even if we trade Schierholtz.

                  Maybe we’ll get such a crazy prospect haul that we couldn’t pass it up. Maybe we plan on raising the budget next offseason and want to buy two FA outfielders. Maybe we hate Schierholtz or love Lake or something.

                  I won’t be raising too big of a fuss if we trade Schierholtz, but I’ll raise my eyebrow a bit.

                  • Coop

                    [img]http://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgenius/7213%20-%20raised_eyebrow%20the_rock%20wwf.png[/img]

                    Agreed – eyebrow raised. Return better impress.

              • BT

                But I’d rather the Cubs pay a little more for guys who will be readily available on the FA market (off the top of my head this year I can think of Gomes, and McClouth who would have been similar this winter) and add prospects, then simply hold onto Sheirholtz.

          • jpeck

            I think you might be a little more optimistic in your timeline than I am. Our young Mlb’rs ( Castro, Rizzo) both hitting about .240. Most of our prospects are hitting for low avg.. I think we are .500 at best next year. Here is to hoping I am wrong.

            • Kyle

              Quick quiz.

              Three current contenders. Your job is to guess their projected win totals in the March 27, 2013 post at RLYW, which averaged the win totals from five major projection models.

              Red Sox, Pirates, Diamondbacks

              Go

              • jpeck

                Not sure what that has to do with anything.

                Regardless, the Cub farm system isnt as far along as those systems were, and I dont believe the F/O is going to make a splash in the off season yet.

                • Kyle

                  The answers were 82, 79, and 84.

                  Teams that look like .500 going into the season sometimes turn out to be a lot better, so you should always give yourself that chance.

                  Our front office made a splash last offseason, I don’t see why you’d think they’d make less of one this offseason with more money and more talent already in place.

                  • On The Farm

                    Getting some of Marmol’s and Soriano’s money off the books should go a long way in signing someone this offseason, the question will be, will the draft pick be protected?

                    • Kyle

                      I’m really not that worried about that. Even protected, I suspect we’ll target guys just below the protected level.

                    • cms0101

                      This FO won’t sacrifice the draft pick, especially for the guys in next year’s crop of free agents. If money is spent next season, look for them to target middle tier bargains or guys traded during this season that won’t qualify for draft pick compensation. With the new CBA, only 40 rounds, and showing they only sign about 60-65% of the draftees, every higher draft pick counts to these guys. Losing a pick, 1st or 2nd round, and losing the money that goes along with it is not something they will do unless it’s the perfect signing. That’s why I think this talk about Ellsbury is comical. He’s not coming to the Cubs next season and they’re not going to ask him to.

                  • jpeck

                    I can appreciate that, along with your optimism. ( i hope you are right) Until Rizzo and Castro really step up their game I look around and see a bunch of good players who are hitting .250 and worse with RISP.

                    The kind of moves the front office is making right now are free agents that they can swap for prospects at deadline. Besides Jackson, i dont see any moves for the future big club.

                    • Kyle

                      The sorts of players we can swap at the deadline in 2014 are also the sorts of players that can help us win in 2014.

      • Theo&Jed Koolaid

        Correct if im wrong but I believe you can build toward the future while still contending. If we would have kept Garza and keep nate add a few more pieces to the bullpen and maybe add an OF and we have a competitive team and still build through the draft

        • Theo&Jed Koolaid

          We dont need Olt we have Bryant or Baez who could play 3rd in the near future

          • cms0101

            Olt will play 3rd before Bryant or Baez. Both of those players won’t arrive in 2014, while Olt will be in position to compete for the job next season, with a potential callup this season.

            • Theo&Jed Koolaid

              I would be ok with valbuena till bryant or baez

          • gocatsgo2003

            And what of CJ Edwards? Grimm? The PTBNL(s) (who looks like he will be a legitimate pitching prospect or two)?

            • Theo&Jed Koolaid

              Edwards=League type Grimm=meh

              • gocatsgo2003

                Because there’s clearly no place in our organization for (i) a third baseman in Olt who still has enormous potential despite struggling this year, (ii) a young pitcher in Edwards who some have as high as a #2/#3 starter but could likely play well out of the bullpen as well, (iii) another young pitcher in Grimm who was rushed to the Bigs a little bit and still didn’t embarrass himself and (iv) another pitcher or couple pitchers?

                • Theo&Jed Koolaid

                  Could have potential…you said it perfect…Garza is proven and is young enough to have helped now and into their winning plans in the future 5 years $80mil would have locked him up. We have a ton of hitters in the system and no pitchers so we should have signed the good ones we have and draft some pitching instead

                  • gocatsgo2003

                    If Garza would have signed a contract for $16MM without a no-trade clause, I think the Cubs would have signed him to an extension months ago.

                    • On The Farm

                      Really? I don’t think this FO wants to budge on its NTC with anyone. Just my thoughts

                    • gocatsgo2003

                      (Really as a reply to “On The Farm”)

                      That’s why I said WITHOUT a no-trade-clause…

                    • On The Farm

                      Didn’t catch that, my bad. Its getting late in the afternoon. Not sure how Brett has been staring at his computer screen since 5 am.

                • Theo&Jed Koolaid

                  Could have potential…you said it perfect…Garza is proven and is young enough to have helped now and into their winning plans in the future 5 years $80mil would have locked him up. We have a ton of hitters in the system and no pitchers so we should have signed the good ones we have and draft some pitching instead….plus I think Theo and Jed are just trying to get rid of even the good players hendry brought in

        • willis

          You can, but that’s not the road they have taken. So we have to sit here and let the pieces fall as they may. I wish they would have kept Garza too, but now I’m pulling for the prospects that were traded for…although Grimm is not good and Olt is pretty terrible…so it’s hard. But we’ll see what happens.

          • On The Farm

            Talk about a half empty guy

            • YourResidentJag

              But a half empty guy with a point. :)

              • On The Farm

                Eh. I am not sure I am ready to give up on a young SP with back end potential and a decent 3B prospect. Just seems a little early to jump ship on them.

                • YourResidentJag

                  I wouldn’t say jump ship. But I don’t expect much from them either. Just like I don’t from Lake, but the Cubs aren’t giving up on him, are they?

                  • On The Farm

                    I think Grimm has a real good chance on becoming someone like Villanueva. Samardzija wasn’t exactly a MiLB world beater as a starter (until 2010). Some guys need some time to figure it out and I think Grimm was rushed due to injuries.

                    • taits06

                      I am inclined to agree with you here. I think Grimm, although not a world-beater, was rushed and still has the potential to be a solid mid to back-end of the rotation pitcher for many years.

                    • YourResidentJag

                      I’ve heard that about him, yes.

  • afinch

    Not sure you’d be a very good GM. I could be wrong.

  • DarthHater

    Hey, did Brett ever sort out the truth of last night’s allegedly phony Assman appearance?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Changed ‘em all to “not.”

      • DarthHater

        Thanks. I think you should also decree that, henceforth, the pretender shall be referred to by all your loyal subjects as “The False Flatulant.”

  • nkniacc

    Kinda surprised it seems like just Gregg and schierholtz will be moved even with everyone under contract I just figured more would get noved

  • North Side Irish

    Gallardo limping now after his last pitch…and leaving the game in the 5th inning. Safe to say he’s not getting traded.

    • gocatsgo2003

      … and I feel one notch better about jumping the trade market with Feldman and Garza.

      • Coop

        Yep – I think Theo and Jed did a great job of anticipating the trade market. Last year we got burned by waiting until the deadline. This year we got out in front, and still got very strong returns on all deals. While the losing is getting tiresome, I am pleased to see the FO have a plan of attack, which they are then (so far) able to follow through on and execute. Even if the current and recent seasons have been bleak, the future is clearly bright.

    • Rcleven

      Confirmed hamstring injury.

  • willis

    Nice job by Barney. Tie ballgame. Sweet!

  • afinch

    Where does that 2 run single rank on Barney’s greatest plays of all time? Top 10 along with 8 fielding plays and a go-ahead 4th inning homer in 2011?

  • Fenway Frank

    I belive there is a giants scout here too

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

    Wow, 6 singles and a walk to score those 5 runs. Really nice to see a string of hits generate a rally instead of only homeruns.

  • YourResidentJag

    Just found this tweet comical. Um why? MLB Trade Rumors ‏@mlbtraderumors 2h
    Rangers Willing To Listen On Anyone

    • On The Farm

      Because they are looking to get blown away on a guy like Andrus, Nathan, or Perez and try to replace their farm system. Kind of like the Cubs are willing to listen on Samardzija. Why not?

      • miggy80

        Don’t the Rangers stand to lose some players to suspension from Bio-gate?

        • YourResidentJag

          Which makes you wonder why aren’t other teams trying to get ahead of this possible suspension thing?

      • YourResidentJag

        No I was a joke. I get what they’re doing. I’ve just never see such an unspecified tweet like this. Usually it’s one were a team is tied to a player or a position. Just found the wording of the tweet odd, even with Biogenesis hanging over the team’s heads.

        • YourResidentJag

          *it

  • Kenster

    Is it just me or is a Ransom or Valbuena trade to the Yankees just too much of an obvious choice for the Yanks?
    I mean they have already tried 1. Allberto Gonzalez and now 2. they have Brett Lillibridge as a regular…
    They might as well go for the trifecta and grab one of the Valbuena/Ransom combo most likely Ransom in my eyes

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    Buster Olney makes since that Reds and Cards have 9 RH starting pitchers between the two staffs and Schierholtz is a better fit for Pirates than Rios from Sox. Also cheaper and younger.

  • Leo

    Russell’s stock just took a hit!

    • wvcubsfan

      By just are you talking about the last two months?

  • North Side Irish

    Tony Lastoria ‏@TonyIBI 4m
    Hearing Indians have made a trade with the Cardinals. Not sure of details, but an Indians lower level minor leaguer said to be involved.

  • Rcleven

    Derrick Goold ‏@dgoold 1m

    #Cardinals have an agreement in place for Rzepczynski, sending him to #Indians, sources confirm. Not clear when will be announced.

  • Rcleven

    Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN 2m

    St. Louis gets Minor League infielder Juan Herrerra from the Indians…

  • Rcleven

    Looks like a three way. Peavy to Az. . Kennedy to Angles.

    Robert Murray ‏@RobertMurrayMLB 2m

    The #Angels are “hopeful” of landing #DBacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, according to @Ken_Rosenthal.

    • Rcleven

      Buster Olney ‏@Buster_ESPN 1m

      Cubs may also be a destination for Ian Kennedy — along with the Padres/Angels, as @SteveGilbertMLB. But probably won’t happen with SD.

      • Jed Jam Band

        Maybe we’re buying low with some lost minor leaguers. BJax for Kennedy, anyone?

        • Rcleven

          BJax for Kennedy? Great for Cubs. Az. would not go for that even adding Vitters.
          Someone bigger would have to go. Love to get Kennedy.

          • X the Cubs Fan

            Russell for Kennedy

            • YourResidentJag

              More than Russell.

  • Rcleven

    Steve Gilbert ‏@SteveGilbertMLB 3m

    My colleague @brianmctaggart reports that #Dbacks are believed to be among frontrunners for RHP Bud Norris.

    Doesen’t effect Kennedy. Would take AZ out of Peavy market tho.

  • Rcleven

    ” The Angels seem to be most aggressive on the right-hander, and are willing to move major league players to get any deal done.”

    http://www.mlbdailydish.com/2013/7/30/4572858/diamondbacks-trade-rumors-angels-padres-interested-in-ian-kennedy

    Would the Cubs out bid the Angles?

  • Rcleven

    @SteveGilbertMLB #Dbacks say Ian Kennedy is still scheduled to start tonight. We’ll see if he comes out to warm up here soon.

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