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There is a little under two and a half hours before the Trade Deadline – plenty of time to put a deal together, though the window is obviously shrinking.

To that end, Buster Olney – who has been relatively tapped into the Cubs’ front office for a while, by my count – is now dropping the “maybe the Cubs won’t do anything now” bombs.

Up front, I’ll note that these are precisely the things you’d expect the Cubs to be saying in the hours leading up to the Deadline if they weren’t seeing the offers they wanted.

Further, the Cubs do have the leverage here. In Schierholtz’s case, the Cubs are likely on the fence about dealing him right now in the first place, given his value to the Cubs in 2014. If they don’t get the right offer today? Shrug. Keep him, and see what’s what in November/December/January, or just put him back in right field next year.

On Gregg, the Cubs’ leverage comes largely from the fact that, not only can he be dealt in August, but the Cubs don’t have much to lose. Gregg’s value isn’t exceptionally high, so the Cubs might as well play chicken.

Do I think the Cubs stand pat when 3pm CT rolls around? I still don’t. I just think they’re plenty content not to blink. Let’s not forget: they’ve already done a lot this month.

  • JulioZuleta

    My guess is the Cubs have small deals lined up for individual players, but they are trying to package a few together before settling for those lesser prospects.

  • TulaneCubs

    The Gregg thing doesn’t make much sense to me. He’s cheap, someone low on the pecking order will claim him and block him from going to another team.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Eh. You sort of don’t always see that with complementary parts like that in August. They usually make it fairly far up the chain, at least.

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  • Brett’s Heart

    Brett, I’m impressed with the lack of crazy energy drinks thus far during the BNBlogathon. I thank you.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Haha. I have one waiting for me in the fridge, but I don’t think I’m going to need it (and I think I wouldn’t sleep later if I drank it – it’s a big boy).

  • Jp3

    Boy the Cubs aren’t doing the BN Blogathon any favors with lack of action… I really want a headline that reads: BOOM!!! Shark, Shierh, DDJ going to XXX last minutes of the deadline.

  • jaslhill

    Brett – I think your analysis of the Cubs’ thinking with these last trade pieces is spot on.

    On another note, Buster Olney himself admitted on his podcast that when he talks to the Cubs’ FO, he talks a lot of what they say with a grain of salt because he knows they are trying to position themselves a certain way in this market and love to use the media as a conduit for posturing.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Oh really? Ha. I actually hadn’t heard him say that. Makes some sense.

  • Fastball

    I said yesterday maybe only 2 players get traded. Today I am saying there will be no players traded. We are better off keep Schierholtz, Gregg maybe we just keep him rest of the year. If he pitches well we re-sign him as veteran BP guy on the cheap. I would rather we sell DJ but he hasn’t been back long enough. NO TRADES TODAY FOR CUBBIES

  • Dustin S

    Sounds vaguely familair to the “we might just extend Garza” posturing that came before he was traded.

    No matter what deals happen or not happen, Brett we all greatly thank you for the successful Blogathon fundraising effort. Raising over $12k to enable 2 wishes is an amazing accomplishment.

  • Mick

    I’m disagree with Gregg because, correct me if I’m mistaken, the Cubs still haven’t officially signed Eloy Jimenez meaning they still have time to acquire International pool money. I say trade both Gregg and Navarro for pool money and be done. I doubt the prospect return on either in August would be anything substantial and the money saved on penalties this season and removing any restrictions for next season’s International spending season will be more fruitful in the end.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The Cubs are already long, long past the ability to remove the penalties. At best, they could reduce their tax penalty.

      • Mick

        The net gain on another team paying Gregg and Navarro’s salary until the end of the season and the millions saved in tax penalties seem worth it since both are impending FA’s. I mean we’re probably talking somewhere between $5-$10 million saved, that’s a lot of money.

    • On The Farm

      I thought they were announcing the signing tomorrow? I think I saw something floating out on twitter that August 1st was the date. I maybe wrong.

      • CubFan Paul

        They have a press conference scheduled for tomorrow is what I last say…

        • On The Farm

          I that’s correct thank you

        • Jp3

          They have a press conference tomorrow of the 2 kids signing their contracts and unrelatedly holding up their new driver’s permit cards…. I like we got potential with those 2 studs but predicting what they’ll be by the time they can buy a pack of smokes is a crap shoot.

          • gocatsgo2003

            Nobody can really pretend to be entirely accurate with their predictions, but there’s something to consistently signing highly-regarded talent (in pretty much any form).

            • Jp3

              Sure out odds are increased in being successful in hitting a home run so to speak but I’m just saying when they’re would be sophomores and juniors in high school age a lot can change in a year and half. I’d rather be signing them than say the Cards but I’m going to try and forget about these guys for 2 years and hopefully Luke will have to remind me because they’re tearing up the DSL/VSL then.

          • Scott

            Since the Cubs have blown past their international cap space, I think they should try to sign all the top unsigned players. (i.e. Luis Encarnacion and Leonardo Molina).

          • RoughRiider

            Brett should stay up until then.

    • CubFan Paul

      Do we know how much IFA money the Cubs would have to acquire to avoid those penalties next year?

      • On The Farm

        More than they are allowed to trade for. Unless someone undersigns from what was reported, or they don’t sign someone they “reportedly signed” they are facing penalties.

  • cerambam

    I haven’t seen this picture in so long! You used to always use this stove for hot stove! I was going to ask you about this.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yeah, someone correctly pointed out that if the stove was already burned up, it was probably no longer “hot.” So now I use it at random times for the more sarcastic of my Lukewarm Stoves.

  • ssckelley

    Has to be one of the dullest trade deadlines in years.

    I feel for you Brett, this has be very aggravating.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’ll admit, when you’re running on fumes, it’s hard to stay energized when there aren’t really even any specific rumors to discuss/analyze/dig into.

  • SenorGato

    We are oversaturated with maybes. Twitter is hilarious but there are too many people who try to make it something I should take seriously. It’s the ultimate trolling method and sports writers are now just licensed trolls. What a sweet gig.

  • johnny chess Aka 2much2say

    Cricket Cricket Cricket

    • Coop

      Crockett, Crockett, Crockett — give us some exciting news!

  • Funn Dave

    Well Brett, sorry it’s been such an anticlimactic day so far. I hope we keep Schierholtz for the time being (unless, obviously, the return is really good), but I hope *something* happens, if only for the sake of the Blogathon. We appreciate the effort either way.

  • dumbledoresacubsfan

    Would it make sense for the Cubs to offer Olt and Jackson to the ‘Stros for Norris? Norris hasn’t been doing too swell of late, but down the road…

  • Idaho Razorback

    I left for work 12 and a half hours ago and just got home. I’m shocked at the lack of activity throughout all of baseball. When I woke up last nite the Peavy deal just went down. I thought it was going to be a very busy ending of the trade deadline. There is still time though.

  • The Dude Abides

    I’ve heard of selling the sizzle, so far this has amounted to selling the fizzle. A couple of hours left for something, anything to be announced…

  • KidCubbie

    Padres just got Ian Kennedy so there is that.

  • Jason Powers

    Well look at this way: cubs cleared off all FA+ Sori=7 SP or so…fig Edwards Arrieta Grimm Strop are going to be substantial finds. Not to mention international signs. FO: A for July work. No one did more in MLB.

  • ssckelley

    Well Ken Rosenthal just tweeted Michael Young would accept a trade to the Yankees. But then again Young is a guy you can get through the waiver wire.

  • CubsFaninMS

    Brett:

    Have you ever considered being a Wishgranter for the Make-A-Wish foundation? It’s a very humbling/rewarding experience. Your Blog-A-Thon shows you a more “philanthropic” type so I didn’t know if you knew of the opportunity.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thank you – I actually did learn about that process a few years ago (when I was first becoming acquainted with Make-A-Wish; that’s actually where my particular affection for MAW grew). Something I do hope to do some day.

  • Brian Peters

    A disappointing trade deadline for the Cubs. I know we’ve accomplished a lot already, and I don’t really want to get rid of Shierholtz, but I was hoping to have something to talk about for awhile.

    • Brent

      There is an hour and 15 minutes left. Relax! Cubs will make at least 1 deal today.

      • On The Farm

        Exactly only lame players like Ian Kennedy get moved with more than one hour left on the clock. There is plenty of time for the Cubs to do something.

  • Brian Peters

    I think Brett should write a book.

  • Patrick G

    yankees taking offers on Phil Hughes. Since Cubs were in on buy-low Kennedy, do they move someone for Hughes or is it a wash since he’s a FA at years end

    • Brent

      Why would they give up prospect, etc. for a guy who is a FA at the end of the year. That is the exact opposite if what they are trying to do.

      • DarthHater

        But, but, they could do a sign & trade! :-P

      • Patrick G

        Never said prospect, and if that, a fringe type player. Just a thought to see how he does in a new atmosphere and maybe sign him if he does well. His value is super low so you never know

      • SenorGato

        Hughes could/should be a popular FA, especially with the big ballpark WC teams (Oakland, both LA teams, SF, SD). I guess you could argue that you have a better shot at resigning him, but that’s not really true.

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  • VegasGoat

    Well this kind of a buzz kill to the whole trade deadline high. Unless we are getting seriously low balled on offers then, otherwise I t hunk trading him wit the extra year of control could net us a decent profit. Trade Schierholtz and bring back prospects and then leave it to theo/Jed to find the next Schierholtz this offseason

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