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.

If you’d asked me before this all started when I thought the busiest stretch of the Blogathon would be, I would have said the last hour, naturally. But if you then said, “well, I mean, yeah, but I was looking for a slightly richer response than the obvious,” I would have said, hey, take it easy. And then I would have said there are probably two busiest stretches: one from about 8pm to 11pm on the 30th, and then the late morning straight through to the Deadline on the 31st. That first one was pretty busy last night (the three-team Jake Peavy trade went down, several Cubs bits floated), and I expect we’ll roll into that second stretch any hour now.

Total Posts So Far:


News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

The Cubs might be done listening to Jeff Samardzija offers. Plus your usual Minor League Daily and Bullets.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

Probably that Jon Heyman Samardzija piece, in which he suggests that the Cubs’ plan with Samardzija will be to try and extend him this offseason, and trade him if he doesn’t bite.

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

I suspect some things will shake out in this regard before the next update.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Finished my OJ and I’m on to a chai latte.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

It’s not so much “strange” as it is … sweet? I miss my family a little bit. The Wife graciously took The Kids to The Grandparents’ house on Monday so that I could sleep well in advance of this here thingy, and also be relatively distraction-free during this here thingy. I’m appreciative that she did it, but I still miss them. And since I’ve been awake for the equivalent of two waking-days’ worth of time, it feels like they’ve been gone even longer.

A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:

Your Visual Update:


  • Assman22

    Cubs have yet to pull Shark out of the trade tank just yet…highly unlikely he gets dealt though…Schierholtz still high on the Pirates list and may go down to the wire…Cubs trying to attach Gregg to either Schierholtz or one of Barney/Valbuena…Russell is likely staying put…

    • Cubbie Blues

      Sounds about right.

    • On The Farm

      Were you trying to use a clever play on works saying Shark has been pulled from the tank yet?

  • Jon

    You should get an adderall precription for your next blog-a-thon

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yeah, but then I’d fail my pre-draft screening.

  • Gretchen

    You can do it, buddy! Love you!


    (OMG our porch desperately needs a power wash. Tell it to rain harder.)

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, dear. Hooray for personal relationships!

    • Cubbie Blues

      Happy Birthday!!!

  • chrisfchi

    Woke up to a mist/fog/rain here in Chicago. Made the bike ride crappy. Hopefully a few trades will brighten the day.

  • Ron Swanson

    You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett


    • Gretchen


  • CubsFaninMS

    Joe’s Updated Trading Odds:

    Nate Schieholtz: 85% (odds go down if Dejesus traded)
    Kevin Gregg: 80% (we should at least request a bag of those new chicken & waffle Lays Potato Chips for Gregg)
    Cody Ransom: 70%
    Luis Valbuena: 50%
    Darwin Barney: 40%
    David Dejesus: 40% (odds go down if Schierholtz traded)
    Carlos Villanueva: 30%
    Carlos Marmol: … I kid
    Jeff Samardzija: 5%

  • North Side Irish

    Jim Callis ‏@jimcallisBA 6m
    Garza. Not close. @frankieaaron:Peavy or Garza: which return would you say is better? #Cubs #WhiteSox

    • Jon

      Jason Parks said this morning he likes the Peavy return a little better. I could see both sides, but “not close” seems a bit much considering the Sox rid of all of Peavy’s salary.

      • Rebuilding

        Sometimes Parks is really out in LF. Olt on his own is considered a better prospect than Garcia, not to mention another Top 100 guy and 2 MLB ready arms (assuming its Ramirez as the PTBNL). And I think in the Sox deal the money is somewhat irrelevant as a fan when judging the return since the Sox aren’t going to turn around and spend it to make the MLB club better

        • YourResidentJag

          Yep, the money aspect of that trade is really overrated as is Parks.

          • North Side Irish

            I heard Parks on the Score this morning and he said he thinks Garcia has the most impact potential of any player in either trade, which is probably why he likes the Sox haul more. I can see his point on that, but all four of the Cubs pieces are better than the second best piece the Sox got.

            • YourResidentJag

              Garcia, to me, is not an impact player. Take that out of the equation and the Cubs did much better. Especially when you consider that they got CJ Edwards. Parks is ridiculous to think that. Garcias’ K% alone is troubling, which does not signify good pitch recognition. Although they may be consider different compositionally, it’s the same thing discussed about Olt, Baez, and Jackson on here.

            • North Side Irish

              And Jim Callis agrees…

              Jim Callis ‏@jimcallisBA 1m
              Rather have Olt, Edwards, Grimm (& Ramirez?) than Garcia and three lottery tickets. @talkinsoxwdan re #Cubs, #WhiteSox trade packages

              • YourResidentJag

                Well yeah pretty much. That’s why I’d stick to Callis’ opinion.

    • ssckelley

      Honestly I think this is a no brainer, Garza should net more than Peavy as Garza was the best player available this season. Peavy has a lot more injury concerns, older, and is owed 30 million dollars over the next 2 years. While Garza only being a rental hurt his value a little it also helped in the fact more teams were involved (like the A’s) driving up his price tag. Peavy had a limited market, the White Sox were not going to eat his salary so it kept teams like the A’s out of the market for him.

      I think the biggest reason why the Cubs got so much out of the Rangers for Garza is because the Rangers biggest fear was the A’s getting him.

  • Andy

    Hey, my wife and kids are out of town too…Perhaps a little 101 Beer Kitchen for dinner and Cubs/Dodgers tomorrow after you’re rested up?

  • Chris

    I’m loving what I saw in arrieta last night. I really think we may have found a diamond in the rough. Watching his stuff, nasty slider and a 95 mph fastball, it looks possible he can develop into a number 2/3 pitcher.