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:


A Few Final Tweets from the BN Blogathon:

A Final Visual Representation of My Feelings:

  • Thom

    That was an awesome blogathon Brett! Thanks! Get some rest!

  • ETS

    How do the cardinals have the #1 rated farm in baseball and yet fail to pick up anything to help them this year?

    • EQ76

      doesn’t matter when you have the magic voodoo.. they’ll just plug in another nobody and keep rolling.

    • BleedCubbieBlue

      They didn’t make a move…that’s how they have the #1 farm system. They refuse to give up any of their good farm talent.

  • hansman1982

    Wow, still halfway sane. Props to you.

  • Gabe Athouse

    You rock. Good time had by all. Great selfless work, Brett!

  • MichiganGoat

    Take a bow Brett

    • Abe Froman

      That’s great.

    • miggy80

      ^^What the goat Said^^

      • Coop


        ^ Brett’s response…

    • TheDondino


    • Cheese Chad

      That is the most serious applause in history.

  • TWC

    I don’t see any cats in that video. Perhaps Ace took my advice.

    • miggy80

      Speaking of cats did you see my picture from my softball game yesterday? posted on the blogathon open thread

      • TWC

        Worst. T-shirt. Ever.

  • mudge

    Aye, thanks brother. Keep it to 24 hours next year, or someday you’ll be old like me. & a tip for neck and shoulders, get your computer screen at eye level.

  • Mr. Mac

    Great job, as always, Brett! I look forward to the year when you are doing this and the Cubs are buyers!

  • someday…2015?

    Great job on the blogathon Brett! Very well done! Now go get some sleep.

  • KidCubbie

    I think the best move the Cubs made today was not trading Navarro to the Cardinals. In doing that we still helped the Pirates chances of winning the Central this year even without trading one of our outfielders to them.

  • Smitty

    Well done Brett. And a great job to all in the BN community, $12,000+ is really impressive.

    Cannot wait until next year.

    Let’s Go Cubs!

  • Jesse Ervin

    Awesome job for an awesome cause Brett! Made the last two work days a breeze and I’m completely satisfied with where the Cubs stand. Goodnight brother!

  • JodyDavis

    Great job Brett, you did a good thing here!

  • Coop

    Personally, I’m excited to see what Brett has planned for the Winter Meetings live remote blogathon! This little trade deadline bit (36 hours – meh…) was just a warmup for the 4 straights days (96 hours!!!1!!) of the Winter Meetings (December 9-12)!!! Woohoo!

  • Edwin

    The lack of a move by the Pirates surprises me. I don’t think they need to get desperate and trade Taillon, but they have some other nice prospects in the low minors that could have bought them some nice MLB talent for the this season and even next. Maybe the Cubs just didn’t work out as potential partners, but the fact that they made no moves at all just baffles me.

    • On The Farm

      I think outside of Shark, they really didn’t have a a piece of quality to justify sending one of their good prospects. The Cubs knew how thin the market was and still kept their price high hoping they would cave. Not the worst move the Cubs FO could have made (holding on or trading Schierholtz and DeJesus was win-win scenario). Pittsburg should have found a way to do something though. It would be really dishearting to be in the fanbase right now and know every other team in contention did something to get better.

      • Chad

        Still have August to make a waiver deal. I doubt they stand pat.

        • nkniacc13

          true but im not sure any cubs players make it thru waivers. What is going to be interesting is the winter meetings I think with this FA class not really good there could be a bunch of trades then

  • Dougy D

    Way to keep the positive attitude throughout (and waste a bunch of my workday in the process).

  • Abe Froman

    Really like the Cubs jumping the trade market, it seemed like no GM wanted to risk making what would be perceived as the wrong move at the last minute. Also, they continue being stubborn bastards that demand value, I dig that.

    Brett, you sir are a champ, sometimes the journey is the prize.

  • EQ76

    Brett, maybe if you can raise like 25k or so you should do a 96-hour winter meetings blog-a-thon?!?!?!

    • Brett

      Based on how I feel right now, I’m getting the sense that 36 hours is my physical limit.

      • EQ76

        good point.. it would be entertaining though!

  • Ron

    Great Job, sorry I have been a bit busy to comment today but I followed as diligently as ever. Thanks for what you do!!

  • Brett

    Thank you for your kind words here (and in the the final posts before the Deadline), in addition to the thanks above.

    You are all swell.

  • jptopdog

    Thanks Brett! Appreciate everything you do. Rest well.

  • Cheese Chad

    Hey that picture at the top is the same one I have in a poster above my toilet. Rocky! It ain’t over till it’s over!

  • Cizzle

    Awesome Job, Brett! But I think the Kim DeJesus champagne chug might have been the best vine post.

  • Jason P

    Great blog-a-thon! I’m not all that disappointed they didn’t trade anyone else. Gregg, Dejesus, Navarro, Ransom, etc. wouldn’t have gotten us much more than fringe prospects, and the one guy who might have brought back something notable — Nate Schierholtz — has value to us next year.

  • Bilbo161

    Thanks Brett. Hope you are asleep.

    I wonder if Pitt would have forked over the price if not for being within division. Too bad, would have loved another high ceiling starter.

  • themillhah

    I just woke up from sleeping 36hours straight….did I miss anything?!?

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  • Evolution

    As Brett’s supervigil drew to a close, I was embarrassed to open my credit card bill, and realize that I never friggin’ donated…making me the Überdouche of the Day. Rectifying now.

    Schmuck that I am…

  • jan forty-two

    Thanks for keeping us entertained and up to date, Brett. Awesome job.

  • Kev

    I’m AMAZED at how remarkably cogent and lucid your writing is even after thirty-six hours without sleep, Brett. If I were trying to type anything after 36 hours without sleep, it would probably look like this:

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