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Contrary to all signs in the days leading up to the Trade Deadline, the Chicago Cubs stood pat today, reportedly resting on high prices for their remaining players.

… but did they really stand pat? If the Cubs had traded Matt Garza, Scott Feldman, Alfonso Soriano, Scott Hairston, Carlos Marmol, Roni Torreyes and Steve Clevenger yesterday and today, what are we thinking about the Cubs’ trading approach?

So the Cubs didn’t do anything at the Deadline, and, yeah, that isn’t very fun. I’d like to hope that the last two days have still been enjoyable for folks, even without trade activity. But it’s hard to be critical of the Cubs, who clearly foresaw an opportunity to jump the market, and make some of the most productive trades of any team in baseball. They just didn’t do it today.

The truth is, the wasteland of inactivity at the Deadline wasn’t localized on the North Side of Chicago. It spread its listless tentacles across the whole of MLB, as teams clutched prospects like mana from heaven. Sellers were few, buyers were nervous.

Given the Cubs’ primary pieces available today – Nate Schierholtz (still valuable to Cubs), David DeJesus (still valuable to Cubs), James Russell (still valuable to Cubs), Kevin Gregg (value quite low, regardless), and Dioner Navarro (value quite low, regardless) – I’d argue that other teams had a whole lot more to lose by not stepping up with an offer than the Cubs had to lose by holding onto these guys. If you’re the Pirates, how in the world do you justify not making a move to your fans? How did the Indians not add an arm after doing all they did in the offseason and being within sniffing distance in the AL Central? What are the Rangers going to do without an additional bat – something they needed anyway – if Nelson Cruz is suspended? I could go on.

Maybe each of these teams – including the Cubs – is expecting to be able to make a move or two in August. The Cubs’ better pieces, though (Schierholtz, DeJesus, Russell), will not clear waivers, and will effectively be untradable (but we’ll get into all of that later this week). For the buyers out there, it’s quite a risk to count on August moves. I understand the many mechanics that restrict the trade market in the new CBA era, but I think some teams made a mistake today.

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Regardless of how many trades were made or not made, I want to thank you all so very much for your part in this Blogathon. From the moment I announced the fundraiser benefiting Make-A-Wish, you overwhelmed me with support. Together, we raised $12,451 this month to make wishes come true – to give a special experience to children who really need something to enjoy. Hopefully we’ll have reached a young Cubs fan or two along the way.

I also want to thank you for participating in the Blogathon over the past 35 hours (I’ve still got to get a Pre-Gamin’ up for the final hour). Your comments, your tweets, your emails, your Facebook posts, your encouragement, your humor … it isn’t easy stringing together 36 hours of constant coverage, and I certainly didn’t always feel good, but I always felt supported. And, despite the relative inactivity, I had fun. I hope you did, too.

Until next year …

Now for the final tallies.

Total Posts During the Blogathon: 

49. In case you missed any of those 49 posts, I tried to place them all in the “Cubs Rumors” category, especially the Updates. Click there to flip through them all.

Total BN Tweets During the Blogathon:

I just spent two minutes just trying to scroll back in my Tweets to the beginning of the Blogathon, and it was just impossible to count. Check out the #BNBlogathon tweets, too. You folks really nailed it.

Total Comments During the Blogathon:

3500+ and counting.

Total Page Views During the Blogathon:

340,000+ (and counting).

Total Cubs Transactions at the Deadline:

Bupkis. Busy month of July, though.

Total Caffeinated Beverages Imbibed:

Two Coke Zeroes.

One large, and gross, Diet Coke.

One Coke.

One Diet Mountain Dew.

One Starbucks mocha frappuccinos.

One can of medicine bubbles.

One chai latte.

Hours I Plan on Sleeping Now:

As many as it takes.

Total Times I Did the Dishes at 3am Like a Boss:

Once.

A Few Final Tweets from the BN Blogathon:

https://twitter.com/ffgpga08/status/362671092466335746

A Final Visual Representation of My Feelings:

  • Indy57

    Well done! Thanks for all you do. Amazing to think you devoted 36 hours to this cause.

  • Brad Brewer

    This was a GREAT time!!! Thanks Brett!!!

  • BABIP (MichCubFan)

    Thanks, Brett. It was a fun 36 hours…great job!

  • Kenster

    You are tired.. you forgot to end the parenthesis for the comment of Dioner Navarro’s value. It started but never ended lol

    All together though even without a trade you did a great job!

  • CubsFaninMS

    I swear, you cannot make this stuff up..

    We had a Hoes/Hader trade today. They were traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Houston Astros for Bud Norris. That’s a classic.

    • Internet Random

      I could make that stuff up.

      • Cubes

        Butt/Hurt for Tight/Hole?

  • Chad

    Rizzo blast!

  • LEO R.

    Brett,

    I enjoyed your Blogathon. I especially liked the Vines. Too bad there wasn’t some activity by the Cubs. Oh well i guess they did their trading early. There are still some PTBNL to look forward to. Good job as always and for a good cause this year. Thanks.

  • Can’t think of a cool name

    Sun Times seems to give Hahn a high grade for his one trade and deadline activity while bashing the Cubs (okay somewhat bashing the Cubs). Why does almost every sports journalist in Chicago dislike the Cubs?

    • Tim

      Who wrote the article? They have a lot of morons writing for them. I know one personally, and the guy knows NOTHING about the Cubs. Going into the season he was asking me how the Cubs were going to be and what he should write. Brutal. It is your job.

      Same thing for the guys on sports talk live(comcast), mlb tonight(mlb network), and baseball tonight(espn). They talk without saying anything, it’s ridiculous. You think there would be a demand for intelligent sports talk. Brett, you should get in touch with someone and get a TV show. Their is a serious VOID of intelligence in the media covering the sport.

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