stoveThe first of many during the BN Blogathon? Probably. Depends on how granular things become. Not tired yet, obviously, as I’m still using words like “granular.”

  • Dale Sveum reiterated to the media that he doesn’t see Jeff Samardzija being dealt today or tomorrow. “This is me speaking, but I would think it’s very, very far-fetched to think that you have a guy under control for that long and possibly a No. 1 guy to do anything with him,” Sveum said, per Carrie Muskat. “Those are things that pop up and somebody will say, sure you’ll listen. But are you going to want to trade half your team [to get Samardzija]?” That’s pretty much exactly my reaction, too. Listen? Sure. Willing to trade? Sure. But will a team step up with the kind of ridiculous package it would take? Nah.
  • For his part, Samardzija said that trading him “wouldn’t be a good move,” which is pretty fair to say, even if he wasn’t the player involved. You can make this all go away by signing a team-friendly extension, Jeff … I kid. But, I mean, do go ahead and sign a reasonable extension after the season. That would be swell.
  • Bud Norris has been scratched from his start today for the Astros, so, like Jake Peavy, you can expect him to be traded by tomorrow. Jeff Passan connects Norris to the Pirates and big-time prospect Tyler Glasnow. I imagine there will still be some shopping done today, and maybe tomorrow as well. Norris offers a couple years of control, but he’s not exactly a race-changing pitcher. Still, the Pirates need another arm, and Norris is one of the better ones available. The question is: if they pull the trigger on a deal for Norris, expending prospects (good ones) in the process, will they still be willing to part with quality prospects for someone like, say, Nate Schierholtz?
  • Speaking of Peavy, Ken Rosenthal says the Cardinals aren’t currently discussing him, and Bob Nightengale says the Diamondbacks aren’t either. The Feldman and Garza trades look better by the hour.
  • Reading this piece on Kevin Gregg and the Trade Deadline, I get the sense that he really wouldn’t mind being traded to a contender. He also notes that he’d consider coming back to the Cubs next year, after being traded this year. Although that rarely happens, when the guy at issue is an older reliever who won’t command serious dollars (or even interest, necessarily), it’s plausible. If Gregg really likes the Cubs, and they like what he’s done to his game, I could see him coming back next year after he gets a shot at a playoff race this year. He’ll have to be traded first, though, and we aren’t hearing too much yet, other than a little interest from the Rockies.
  • There’s an expectation out there that Michael Young will be traded, but I have a hard time getting too excited about, or interested in, that one. Maybe when we learn where he’s going there will be obvious Cubs-related implications. But, unless he competes with Cody Ransom in some teams’ minds (haven’t heard anything like that), or unless the Cubs are shopping Luis Valbuena (again, haven’t heard anything like that), I don’t see much here.
  • In Jon Heyman’s overnight piece about Jeff Samardzija, he noted that the Cubs are “talking to teams” about Nate Schierholtz, David DeJesus, Dioner Navarro, Kevin Gregg and Carlos Villanueva. Just spitballing with obvious names, or does he intend to say these are the guys the Cubs are shopping? None would be shocking, though the prevailing expectation (by which I suppose I mean my own) right now is that Villanueva will stay (can’t see a team wanting him so much that they offer up enough for the Cubs to let him go (not because he’s so great, but because he offers nice swing value on a reasonable contract for 2014)), and that at least one of Schierholtz and DeJesus will stay. Maybe both.
  • ETS

    What’s the OF free agent market look like next year? That might dictate how willing they are to part with both dejesus and scheirholtz.

    • Mr. B. Patient

      FA outfielders:

      2014. Choo and Ellsbury are the big names.
      2015. Soriano.

      And a bunch of old dudes we could get for a year
      (I was kidding about the Soriano thing).

      • johnny chess Aka 2much2say

        We better have depth in the minors to cover OF for next year. Cano is the key

  • Crockett

    Trade something, Jedstein.

    Or I will do something rash. Like shave my chest. Or admit that I like Katy Perry’s music for her boobs.

    • TWC

      Katy Perry makes music?

    • DarthHater

      Katy Perry’s boobs make music?

    • Cubbie Blues

      How do they sound?

      • Crockett

        Soft, warm, and supple.

        • DarthHater

          Thank you for preventing me from concentrating on work for the rest of the day.

      • DarthHater

        Sorry, I was distracted. Did somebody ask a question?

      • Frank

        Are they in stereo?

        • Frank

          I just looked at a picture of Katy Perry. If she has the bass, my wife has the tweeters.

        • DarthHater

          Surround sound

        • Funn Dave

          Idk; my stereo isn’t very healthy right now–it has mono.

  • North Side Irish

    Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal 17s
    Sources: #Phillies’ Michael Young only approve trade to #Rangers. Has full no-trade clause.

    • On The Farm

      Dude is a hammer!

  • Kygavin

    Kaplan tweeted Pirates are close on RIos. just talkin money. Looks like one Nate suitor is out

    • bbmoney

      Money could be a big problem there though, so I wouldn’t call that a done deal yet.

      • Kygavin

        hopefully both their trades fall through and they give Glasnow for Nate

        • Coach K

          My thoughts as well.

  • another JP

    You never know, but the Cubs might not make a trade by tomorrow. Unloading Soriano & Marmol really were the two toughest contracts to move and that’s been accomplished. None of the remaining players are a priority other than Navarro & Gregg.

    • Carew

      Why is Navarro a priority?

      • bbmoney

        I’m assuming because he (just like Gregg) is not under contract for next year.

        • Cyranojoe

          If they don’t trade Navarro, I’d look to renew him for another year. He done did great this year as a backup and pinch hitter!

  • miggy80

    I wonder if DeJesus has extra trade value because of his hot wife.

    GM X: I’m just not sure if I’m ready to pull the trigger on DeJesus for this young pitching prospect (scratching head)

    Theo: Did I mention his wife is hot!


    GM X: DEAL!

    • Vulcan

      GM X: On second thought, keep DeJesus and just trade us his wife.

  • CubsFaninMS

    I can easily see our front office throwing this little tidbit out there for posturing.

    “Hey Jeff, you like playing with this Cubs this much? Offer us a little incentive. We’d like to sign you to a team-friendly deal so we can acquire additional assets for a playoff run.”

  • RizzoCastro

    Young to the Red Sox for a OF who is almost MLB ready or is MLB ready.

  • PKJ

    Hey Brett– You should do another fundraiser “tip jar” or something like that — going to the same cause.

    • Cyranojoe

      Really good idea!

  • Dustin S

    Peavy, Cliff Lee, and Bud Norris all being on the market and readily available is making Theo+Jed look like geniuses for jumping the market early.

    The latest forecast sounds like the odds might be dropping for major Cub trades too. I still have to think Navarro (despite the lack of a decent catching replacement) and Gregg will go at a minimum though, no reason really at all to keep the guys that they lose after this year. But the stock market trade ticker on Shark and Shierholtz would seem to be pointing down as of this hour.

    • Jed Jam Band

      I still don’t believe the Pirates would give up Glasnow for Norris. What a waste.

    • Kyle

      Agreed. They’ve handled this trade deadline very well. They seem to be doing better and better as they’ve had more time to get to settle in to the franchise.

      • DarthHater

        Yes, it’s almost enough to make one believe that forming strong opinions very early on may have been a bit hasty.

        • hansman1982

          Wha? Like declaring (45 days ago) that trading a specific player would have been a white flag for 2014?

          • Kyle

            It’s still going to be a pretty major problem if we trade some of the guys we have under control for 2014.

        • TWC

          Amaury Telemaco is the greatest pitcher the Cubs ever had.

        • Kyle

          Forming strong opinions is always warranted. It’s also always warranted to change them with new information.

          • mudge


          • Sandberg

            Strong opinions, weakly held. Wise words to live by.

            • Cyranojoe


        • cubbiesOHcubbies

          kind of like when I picked Tuffy Rhoades off the waiver wire in fantasy baseball after his 3 homerun opening day…. That worked out well

  • chrisfchi

    the sooner peavy is gone, the happier i will be. still cant believe the sox got him

  • CubsFaninMS

    Joe’s Updated Trading Odds:

    Kevin Gregg – 80%
    Dioner Navarro – 70%
    Nate Schierholtz – 60%
    Luis Valbuena – 50%
    David Dejesus – 30% (odds interchangeable with Schierholtz if the other is traded)
    Matt Guerrier – 30%
    Jeff Samardzija – 20%

    Prediction is that two to three people will be traded before the deadline.

    • mudge

      gregg, schierholtz, ransom.

    • Chad

      I would put Samardzija at 0.01%. I think the odds would be much higher this off-season if they can’t get an extension done.

      • CubsFaninMS

        I agree that waiting to make a decision on Samardzija is a good idea. Posturing at the trade deadline right now, hoping he really kicks on the afterburners these last 10-12 starts, and hoping his trade value surpasses even what it was at the trade deadline at the end of the year. Then you discuss either a worthwhile investment in Samardzija or trade him at a premium if he is asking too much.

    • Vulcan

      20% seems way too high for Samardzija.

  • Randy

    Brett, real talk? The loopier/more sleep-deprived you get, the more entertaining of a read you become. Grantland should be having scouts on you.

    • Brett

      As the inhibitions are reduced, I tend to let a little bit more of myself show.

      That … sounds awful.

      • hansman1982

        It doesn’t just sound awful. It looks awful too.

      • Falselife

        Does that mean tomorrow is the day you reveal Assman22 is your insider alter-ego?

        • Eternal Pessimist

          What do you mean “insider”???

      • Randy

        What would sound more awful is a reply stating that I enjoy it….. but… I do.


  • adamae24

    What about the Cubs taking a flier on Ian Kennedy for cash?

  • HuskerCub

    Has there been any mention of possibly trading Travis Wood? I’m not sure his stock can get much higher.

    • On The Farm

      He fits the rebuild blue print. The Cubs want more Wood not less

      • hogie

        he, he, he…

    • mudge

      hell no.

    • ETS

      His stock may get 1000x higher if this season was part of a trend and not a fluke (which I def think is the case. Pitchers aging curve is a bit slower than positional players).

      As far as wanting more wood not less – this is true but the same is true for wanting more sharks, not less, but I’m sure they’ll listen on anyway.

      • ETS

        Let’s play this game – 2 pitchers:
        age/ERA/FIP/XFIP/K:BB/fWAR /IP

        26/2.79/3.62/4.37/2.16/2.4/135.1 (2013 season, so only 1/2 a season)

        23:did not pitch in the MLB

        first is t wood, second is CJ wilson leading up to his going to angels.
        (I kinda want to see shark now…)

  • Cubswin

    The more I read about the problems with other teams moving their pitchers the more I like how we handled the Feldman and Garza trades. Compliments to theo and Jed. White sox are gonna have to hold onto peavy or take a less deal

  • cubsin

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Schierholtz and DeJesus are still Cubs at the trade deadline, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if both are traded. If the surplus value offered is there, the fact that one has already been traded wouldn’t deter Jed and Theo.

  • Fenway Frank

    @Game. In front of many scouts. At least one from braves and nats.

    • Brett

      Hmm. Could be checking out Villanueva or Gallardo, or could just be advance scouting. Or checking on other players. Or just taking in a baseball game.

      But I still find it fascinating.

      • Cubbie Blues

        A sense a scramble for crumbs.

      • Jp3

        Damn I was going to say that one Brett, how about just taking in in a doue dip for the day? C’mon, if you were a scout would you spending your off day watching the Cubs😝👎

  • CubsFaninMS

    I wonder if Kevin Gregg is feeling like the last kid chosen to play kickball right about now?

  • Jono

    If they made no more trades this season, id be happy with the improvements they’ve made. I hope they trade more, but I like where they’re at now. I really like this front office

  • Assman22

    Pirates still the favorite to land Schierholtz…Braves in in him too…Cubs waiting for other dominoes to fall first…may come down to the wire…

    • On The Farm

      Good news for Brett

    • Vulcan

      Let’s get a quick confirmation from Brett before we jump to conclusions.

      • Brett

        I have reviewed and I am not correcting that poster’s name.

        • Vulcan

          We have confirmation!

          • Hawkeye

            Somebody help me out. I have read every article Brett has written for the few years, but have only gotten back into thoroughly combing through the comments. I read lots of requests for info from Assman? I am assuming that we feel fairly confident in his prognostications? Is this from previous correct statements, or have we verified that this “Man of Ass” is somebody with insider knowledge?

            • Hawkeye

              Wow. Proofreading needed.

              *past few years

              **recently started combing through comments.

              • Eternal Pessimist

                His prognostication is the result of a bottle of Scotch and a magic eight-ball, so you really shouldn’t doubt him.

                • jpeck

                  I dont have an 8-Ball, but I am going to work on my Progno-Scotch-cation right now.

            • jpeck

              It seems he is a fan favorite around here, but I remain skeptical. The last post I really remember, he said, ” Cubs told Rangers, “No Perez, No Deal”

              And most of his posts seem obvious and ambiguous at the same time. In full disclosure, I still like when he posts, just to tease myself into thinking something might happen.

    • Jed Jam Band

      Assman! Please say it’s really you. These rumors certainly sound pretty reasonable.

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