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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, thanks to your generous donations to Make-A-Wish. 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.

Ah, the wee hours. You have arrived to challenge me. But I’ve got old medicine bubbles to combat you. More on that in a moment.

Total Posts So Far:

30.

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

A little late-night Lukewarm Stove action, and Travis Wood is awesome with the stick.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

Um … Jeff Passan writes about why division-leading and division-competing teams should be looking to add players right now (like the Red Sox with Jake Peavy). It’s all about avoiding that Wild Card playoff. That’s kind of interesting. We already knew that to be true, but it seems to be an underemphasized point this year.

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

Still snapper-dapper, captain!

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Red Bull. Specifically, the red version of Red Bull. I gotta say, I’m not an energy drink guy. Even in the post-kids world, I’m a one-caffeinated-soda-a-day kind of guy. If I’m feeling crazy, I might have a chai latte, too. Knowing that I’d need a boost – and stuff to write about – I picked up a couple energy drinks at the store the other day*, and grabbed a Red Bull because I’m not sure I’ve ever really had one before. I chose the “red” version, because it said it taste like cranberries and – late night confession alert – I like vodka cranberry. Well, this “red” version does not taste like cranberry (vodka cranberry or otherwise). It tastes like medicine that someone has injected with bubbles. Neat. At least it’s giving me a jolt, and provided this paragraph of fun.

*How not into energy drinks am I? One of the set that I bought for last year’s Blogathon is still lurking at the back of our apparently cavernous fridge. I should probably pitch that.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

Typing “jolt” made me think of Jolt Cola. Remember that? Whatever happened to that? Seems like it would have made a comeback during the energy drink craze.

A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:

https://twitter.com/Joshhins20/status/362438916097318912

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Your Visual Update:

  • Josh

    Anyone awake?

    • Jed Jam Band

      Here, sir. Will be here for a whi…zzzzzzzz

  • Jed Jam Band

    New idea: Hypnotism. Yes, you could get yourself hypnotized to do nothing but blog. Okay, now I’m losing it too.

  • DrReiCow

    Wow! Awesome on the Cubs shout-out! Nice to see some love from the mothership.

    I remember that the only time I bought (and drank) red bull was while finishing up my thesis and preparing for the defense. My wife thought I was crazy for actually drinking it, but I needed the boost (despite the taste). Rock on, man!

    (I had tried caffeine pills, but they just made me jittery and nauseous.)

    Moo

  • Josh

    Hey brett If we make all 36 hours we should get a prize or something

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      A big fat high-five in the wrap-up post. But you’ve got to make sure to remind me at the end.

  • VegasGoat

    Not a Dog guy Brett?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I was growing up. Never had a cat until I met/moved-in-with/married The Wife. She was always a cat person growing up, and I bought in initially because cats are so much easier to have when you’re out of the house a lot for work. But after a couple years, I was sold completely. Dogs are awesome, but I’m a big-time cat person now.

  • Josh

    Am I the only one who has only had one caffeinated drink today?

  • RS23

    Or do three cats have you? Strange creatures.

    Awesome Cubs blogging, thanks for the inFaninity.

    When looking at the BA, OBP, SLG of the line-ups of other teams versus the Cubs, its depressing. Is there a batting coach that needs to be fired or something? In any event, I hope the near future Cubs get better before the trade deadline. Several I wouldn’t mind seeing go. Barney is making Theriot look good, and that is just sad.

  • fromthemitten

    They still sell jolt in Michigan. They’re in those cans with the screwtop kind of like those extra large monster drinks.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Well how about that.

      • MichiganGoat

        MICHIGAN – Where Jolt never dies!

        • TWC

          The Juggalos need something for when the Faygo well runs dry.

  • X the Cubs Fan

    You’re vineing is loosing enthusiasm. Running out of Red Bull?

  • MichiganGoat

    Well Jr has demanded that I get up and keep participating in the Blogathon. He’s so excited that he decided to soak through his PJs and his bedding. So yeah Go Cubs Go!

    • Jed Jam Band

      Jr. is a true BN hero.

      • MichiganGoat

        Yeah a real hero with mind numbing screams

        • Rcleven

          Send Jr to Brett.
          Jr sounds like a great alarm clock.

  • X the Cubs Fan

    It seems like ive been refreshing here forever but it’s like my normal BN hours.

  • Erica

    There’s no way I’m sleeping until I find out if Jeff Samardzija is traded. I’m seriously freaking out!!! I didn’t see him in the dugout tonight and some other people on twitter mentioned they didn’t either!!! There’s still no news on if he’s gone or not! If he’s gone.. I will despise Theo with a passion!!!

    • Josh

      Because it was a double header I think I remember seeing him at the first game. JD said on double header games pitchers usually only show up for 1 game so they don’t mess up their routine

      • Erica

        I hope so!!!!!! I went to both today. I saw him during the national anthem of the first game. He didn’t come out for the second.. nor did I see him in the dugout. I’m praying the double header is the reason. If this is the case (which I hope it is) I’m surprised he wasn’t there to support his team, knowing how dedicated he is.

        • Josh

          That’s most likely the reason. I know he’s dedicated and all but being at the ball field for like 9 hours and you don’t play it isn’t worth it no matter who you are

    • VegasGoat

      I would be bummed if Samardzija got traded but if Theo/Jed could land Bradley and Skaggs for him then it would definitely cushion the loss. I just want them to lock him up long term definitely the best scenario for Samardzija and the cubs IMO

  • Eric

    Its been rough and I won’t say I haven’t napped, but I’m still with you Brett. I just have to make sure the light from the phone doesn’t wake up the little girl.

  • Josh

    Only an hour and a half until Biscuitville opens sweet

  • 5RunHomerun

    I’ve been thinking about it. I don’t really want to see Samardzija traded but for two reasons.

    1. You just know that the return our FO gets on the deal would push our farm system to number 1.

    2. It would add some much-needed life into the trade deadline blogathon. No offense to Brett, who is doing a great job and should be well-commended for his work, but the 30th was probably not even in the top 5 or maybe even top 10 days in Cubs trade rumors for the month of July. I just hope that everyone can wake up to a report of something unexpected happening without much warning. Here’s to wishing for at least a few bro hugs tomorrow.

    • Jed Jam Band

      This is pretty true. Trade season has been crazy this year.

    • 5RunHomerun

      I apologize if my conjunctions make no sense. It’s late/early, and I haven’t seen School House Rock in a while.

      • Jed Jam Band

        Now I’ve got the song about the bill in my head.

  • X the Cubs Fan

    Is it at all possible for the Cubs to in theory trade for Cliff Lee if they give some decent prospects and eat all of his contract. Then flip him in the Off-Season for top pitching prospects if we eat money? It may be sleep talking but that sounds like a genius idea.

    • X the Cubs Fan

      I just want a damn trade…

    • 5RunHomerun

      I like the idea of the front office going after guys who we can flip for a profit by eating their contracts on both deals, but I don’t think Cliff Lee is the right guy. The price to get him will be high, and what happens if he gets injured? This could be a good strategy to use on players like Alex Rios. His team wants to get rid of him, they don’t want to pay any of his salary, and he’s under contract for next season. I’m not saying that we should trade for Alex Rios, but we could target players in similar situations. We give up weak prospects to get them because we’re paying their contracts, then flip them in the offseason for better prospects because we’re picking up most of their salaries.

      • Jed Jam Band

        MIND BLOWN

      • Rcleven

        Would never ever want Rios on any Cub team. Man is so into himself.
        Not a team player at all. Hate to cheer for a Cub player to drop off a cliff.
        No matter what FO can flip him for he just not worth it.

  • Hahdom

    Great job with the Blogathon! Hope the market picks up and makes the next 15 hours much easier for you to stay awake.

  • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

    Watching (I was doing enough earlier) the Arrieta start. One thing should be promising, this guy has not lost velocity, he has gained velocity from his Baltimore starting days.[img]http://www.baseballheatmaps.com/graph/cache/knmtmp3kqr730ts1skbeeffib4averagespeed.png[/img]

    • Jed Jam Band

      Probably why the Cubs wanted him. Noticed the trend, figured he could work with Derek Johnson, and then could utilize the added velocity as a weapon put together with refined off-speed pitches and secondary offerings.

      • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

        His slider would get Cubs hitters. ;)

    • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

      But Baltimore might have beat up on him a bit April and May 2012 as he lost his release point in several games. So, we treat him well, 100 pitches max, let him settle in – we might have something to really work with. He’s got that late movement arm side that helps. Let him pitch the season out.

    • Good Captain

      Please forgive but what do the red and blue lines represent? Thanks for the graphics though!

  • VegasGoat

    Brett,

    What $# and amount of years do think it would take for Samardzija to get lock up? 5yr $80mil?

    I know he says the Samardzija side doesn’t want to talk contract bc he’s holding out for BIG money and the Cubs have low balled him so far and have been unable to lock him up to a team friendly-ish contract similar to Castro/rizzo. He’s made enough money to the point where he doesn’t need accept one of those contracts and it seems like he’s gambling on himself getting better and mayb waiting out till free agency and getting a monster deal. So what do think it would take to lock him up? Just your gut feeling on amount and yrs

    • Rizastro

      Question, if the dbacks did become desperate enough what would be the haul for shark and lets say to sweeten the deal add Russell and valbuena. What would you expect in return?

      • VegasGoat

        I don’t think throwing in valbuena or Russell would change their mind. Maybe that sweetens the pot and might get a better return but if they didn’t feel Samardzija was worth Bradley and Skaggs I don’t think they would consider impact talent enough thrown in to change their mind. IMO, idk its hard to gauge what they would do because we haven’t heard any of the specific players they are willing to trade in their offers they’ve made.

        • Rizastro

          whats your thoughts on a Dejesus or schierholtz packaged with shark and Russell 3 of the top ten system prospects

          • VegasGoat

            I don’t think it’s realistic that a team would trade for both dejesus and Schierholtz bc not many teams have that many needs and would clear 4 roster spots for these players. This trade would never happen but theoretically I guess that be enough for Bradley and Skaggs and another good prospect but the Dbacks have no need for OF help in my opinion. And they wouldn’t want to deplete there farm system that much in one trade. Trade all of them to one team in one trade just isn’t realistic

            • Rizastro

              I agree just late and bored

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Cubs would probably want to do something like:

      2014 – $6M
      2015 – $10M
      2016 – $14M
      2017 – $15M
      2018 – $15M
      2019 – $16M team option (something like that)

      Wouldn’t shock me if that’s the range they’ve put on the table already (and which Samardzija rejected).

      • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

        He maybe reads he’s a no. 1 starter (on this message board) and thinks – “I’m a 20 million dollar pitcher.”

        Oh, by 2020, I can only imagine how many $20 million players they will be. Likely, 40-50.

        • CubsFaninMS

          I’m guessing Jeff Samardzija reads this board as much as Betty White, Chris Christie, Snookie, and J-WOW.

      • VegasGoat

        He thinks he’s closer to near $20mil annual guy? Ahhh I love the Shark but he’s not a #1 no matter what ppl say. He has som of the best stuff in the league but stuff doesn’t make you a top 15 starting pitcher in the league. Maybe in 4-5yrs the market could adjust and make around $18-20M a great value for an arm like Garza but that is still pricy

        • VegasGoat

          Arm like Samardzija* not garza. Sorry it’s late

        • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

          Well, I have no idea. Agent probably does tell him how good his stuff is – Matt Harvey good, and that is suppose to translate to big paydays. Of course we want to lock him up for the hometown friendly discount.

          But every time a youngish SP hits the market, and there is a dearth of quality, the market completely goes away. 1 dude and 10 suitors for his services. So, it is likely best to send him off 1 1-1/2 years out of FA, but we need to get that return to make it work. IMHO.

          • VegasGoat

            I feel like Matt Harvey is a different class then Samardzija. Harvey is in that elite company. They both are similar in that they have great stuff but Samardzija is just not in that company and I’m not sure if he ever will be. He’s definitely a #2 but I’m not sure if Samardzija will ever be #1.

            You bring up a great point though with his agent tell him he’s one of in Harvey’s class and his ego probably wouldn’t allow him to take less. The Shark is great but not elite.

            • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

              Agent gets money too for that supersized contract.

              We all have a realistic view, a dream view, and an Achilles view of ourselves. Some spend too much time in 1 of those 3 modes, and it shows in the appropriate ways. A hope is that Jeff is in cat no. 1 – realistic.

            • Erica

              Not going to lie… Harvey is amazing! But I do honestly believe that Jeff can only improve from here. He wants to be that great pitcher the Cubs need. He pretty much knows what he needs to work on and I know he’s going to put all his effort into improving.

              • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

                I do like this chart : keeps his release pretty well. No scores north of 70, which can result in injury. But proving you are a no. 1 is a tall order. Maybe, a very good no. 2 is realistic. [img]http://www.baseballheatmaps.com/graph/cache/hd2g89nl4jva19f69rr6ep9p93injuryindex.png[/img]

    • Erica

      Jeff majored in marketing at Notre Dame. He knows what he’s doing. He’s being smart but stubborn at the same time. He wants to stay on the Cubs. He loves the Cubs. But not signing a contract now gives me and probably other fans anxiety about him being traded! He really doesn’t want to be traded, but he knows baseball is a “business.” So he’s going to gamble at what he thinks will work best. That being said, I have no idea what would get him to sign. I just hope it’s soon!

      • Rizastro

        I like jeff and wish he would resign but if tomorrow comes and the dbacks want him and say we can have Bradley,davidson,trahan,and skaggs and we throw in Russell, its good bye jeff

  • Luke D

    Do The Jonathan Gray And Rail Adderall Off A Desk!

  • MichiganGoat

    Kinda surprised we haven’t heard anything leaked about who is getting suspended and for how long. Safe to assume Peralta is accepting the 50 games but I accept this morning will have a ton of news/rumors regarding Biogenesis.

    • MichiganGoat

      Geez ask and I shall receive.

    • VegasGoat

      This is just me personally but I think if players get caught cheating during a contract year the penalties should be steeper.

  • Jim

    So your vodka cran secret is public… You must be tired

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