nate schierholtz cubsThere’s still an hour – plus spillage time – to go before the Trade Deadline, but we’re not hearing much on Nate Schierholtz all of a sudden, after previously being described as the most likely Cub to be traded.

Now, Nick Cafardo reports that it looks like Schierholtz is staying with the Cubs. We’ll see what happens, but, either way, there’s not really disappointment here. Schierholtz is plenty valuable to the Cubs going forward, and it could be that the overwhelming trade offer just wasn’t there. That’s ok.

That said, it would be a surprise – though not necessarily a disappointment – if neither Schierholtz nor David DeJesus is traded today.

UPDATE: Well that’s interesting. Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates made a play earlier today for Mark Trumbo from the Angels. Perhaps they backed away from any Schierholtz talks in favor of trying to get Trumbo. Since that didn’t work out, maybe they come back to the table at the last minute?

UPDATE 2: Multiple folks reporting the Rangers won’t be doing anything, and Bob Nightengale says the Pirates were unwilling to meet the Cubs’ price on Schierholtz and David DeJesus. No deal appears likely to happen.

  • X the Cubs Fan

    Jayson Stark ‏@jaysonst 2m
    I’m told at least one trade was completed before the deadline. Stay tuned

    • X the Cubs Fan

      There’s A Chance!!!!

  • Kyle

    Still time for something to trickle in, but I’m very happy the Cubs appear to have stood pat.

    It seems that the front office really took the rhetorical beating I gave them in 2011-12 to heart, and they’ve been doing everything I asked ever since.

    • Jason Powers

      I grant you 40 virgins for your reward! 😉

    • TheNextTheoEpstein

      As always, Kyle, you give yourself way, way too much credit. No one deserves a beating more than you.

    • BT

      If only there had been someone around preaching patience…..

      • Kyle

        If we’d listened to those people, the FO would have rested on their laurels and kept doing what they were doing. You’re welcome for my turning them around.

        • TheNextTheoEpstein

          Except there was never any modicum of indication that their plan was to “rest on their laurels”. Everyone, to the exclusion of you Kyle, understood that.

          Ergo, it is actually “those people” who are correct, and not you. They were right to preach patience and trust in the FO, and they were right to repeatedly remind you that the Cubs’ FO was undoubtedly smarter and more experienced than you.

        • BT

          You’ll have to forgive me, as I drink a lot, I guess I don’t remember what they were doing that was different. I thought they’ve pretty much been following the same plan since they arrived.

  • VegasGoat

    Thanks Brett! Now go get some sleep

  • #23

    I thought we would have made at least two trades before deadline, but they did a great job on the earlier trades. Not a bad thing to hold onto Schierholtz, Gregg, Russell, etc. for now if the price wasn’t met. My favorite trade was Feldman for Arrieta and Strop. I have high hopes for Arrieta. C.J. Edwards may prove to be the real deal over time too. Great job by the FO.

  • [td]

    thank you for your time brett

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    Moving Hairston, Feldman, Clevinger, Garza more than makes up for today’s inactivity. Hopefully we get busy again in the offseason logistically making moves to improve our team in 2014 and beyond.

    • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

      I forgot to mention Soriano as well.

    • On The Farm

      and Marmol

      • Cyranojoe

        You cannot forget Marmol. Much as you might like to.

  • RIPAtticusFinch

    Stark is reporting at least one trade was complete at the deadline and yet to be announced…

  • #1lahairfan

    Thanks Brett. You deserved more action.

    • Jp3


  • jmc

    great job brett is it too late to contribute to make a wish?

  • cubsin

    I’m disappointed that no deal got done, but I’d bet that the Pirates’ players (and fans) are far more disappointed.

  • Eternal Pessimist

    Paul Sullivan reports “Cubs stood pat”

    • tbone

      He is truly the master of stating the obvious…

      • YourResidentJag

        He’s the Tim McCarver of Chicago sports journalism. :)

    • Ken

      Sullivan and Muskrat all over the non-trades. Usually they wait 10 or 12 hrs. until Theo writes their articles.

  • MichiganGoat

    Sent this out on twitter but it should be mentioned here:

    @MichiganGoat: Well friends no trades but the #BNBlogathon did provide Wishes to two children – Nicely done @BleacherNation @WishIllinois #TheRealVictory

    Nicely done everyone and Brett take a bow, you deserve it!

    • Coop

      Yes – despite the lack of trade action, this blogathon was a truly great thing.

    • YourResidentJag


    • Cheese Chad

      Also, agreed. Great job, Brett and the rest of Bleachernation……nation.

  • itzscott

    Wow… Kind of feel sorry for the blog master.

    Stay awake this long for nothing?

    May want to rethink the self-abuse for next year and shut it down between midnight and 7am.

    • YourResidentJag

      He may want to do a Winter Meetings blogathon instead. I can see the trade deadline being this way for yrs to come. That is, if he hasn’t already.

    • Boogens

      “May want to rethink the self-abuse for next year and shut it down between midnight and 7am.”

      You’re asking a lot there, itzscott. Self-abuse is about the only thing Brett has left to keep himself awake during those hours. 😉

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    In other news today Shoulders and Candelario go back to back in Kane County come from behind victory.

  • Coop

    No Brett – I think he finally collapsed as the clock ticked zero on the trade deadline!

  • DarthHater

    To spice up next year’s blog-a-thon, Brett, you should include a live catfight — featuring your cats, of course.

    • TWC

      And sulfuric acid.

      • SirCub

        Now that’s a vine.

        • TWC

          Can we make a cat disappear within Vine’s six second limit? Inquiring minds…

          • SirCub

            Might not dissolve completely… woodchipper?

            • TWC

              Stronger acid.

              Might need to try this multiple times to be sure.

    • Frank

      I’m glad my cats aren’t reading this. One would be really pissed off.

  • VegasGoat

    I’m going to laugh if the pirates fall flat on their faces and miss the playoffs. The fans and sports talk radio will crush the pirates GM for sitting on his hands and for not being willing to give up anything to get a piece to help. If that were do happen it would unfair to him I think but that’s part of the job

    • VegasGoat

      I actually just got a couple texts from friends living in Pittsburgh and supposedly fans are crushing Neal Huntington for not making a move. Pirates fans are pretty irate right now. Oh got to love sports talk radio

  • Evolution

    A nearly comatose Brett Taylor grabbed his cats, spit a glob of bile at the Twitter feed, cursed the deadline, and collapsed in a heap…unaware of his own soiling.

    The mini-series rights have been sold to Robot Chicken…


    Such a boring deadline

  • Coop

    When is the official end of the blogathon? Was it at the trade deadline? For some reason, I was thinking it ran 1 hour past the trade deadline. I hope Bert is okay…

    • Gretchen

      Yes, one hour past. (I typed 6 p.m., but that’s our ET.)

      • MichiganGoat

        I thought he said till the Cubs make another trade?

  • http://bleachernation Ferris

    Waiver wire time now……teams thought the cubs would give guys away,im glad we stood pat for now, there will be a cpl deals before aug. Deadline…. ransom for ptbnl, etc.

  • VegasGoat

    Predictions on cubs final record this year? I’m predicting 68-71 wins this year

    • Kyle

      I’ll go with our current pace: 73 wins.

      • mudge

        I predicted 74 before the season & stickin’ to it.

    • johnny chess Aka 2much2say

      Are they going to pack it in with 23 Games left?

      • gocatsgo2003

        Are you going to make any kind of worthwhile contribution to the board before the end of the season?

        • MichiganGoat


        • DarthHater

          I can only speak for myself. I probably won’t. 😛

  • X the Cubs Fan

    5P.M. Brett time. But idk his time zone.

    • Whiteflag

      4pm CT

  • Carew

    Whata boring deadline…disappointed Russell not traded

    • johnny chess Aka 2much2say

      We will need a Russell next year anyway.

      • willis

        For what? To blow games? I guess someone needs to do it.

        • On The Farm


  • ETS

    Did Ace fall asleep? I was expecting some recap post. Plus that exciting trickle in deal about the twins catcher I had never of for a ptbnl.

    • Jp3

      Here’s your recap… Cricket, cricket, cricket

    • Brett

      I’m writing, homey.

      • Evolution

        Wait…you actually write this stuff yourself?

  • Cheese Chad

    Matt Moore on 15 day DL with elbow soreness. Rays optimistic. Isn’t everybody optimistic when their pitcher goes down with elbow soreness only to find out a month later he needs TJS. Hope he’s okay, tired of seeing these young pitchers go down.

  • Vulcan

    Great job, Brett!

  • Gabe Athouse

    … what?

    • On The Farm

      Now its time to obsess that Lake is not starting tonight!!!

  • Ivy Walls

    A dynamic that was discussed on that the one game playoff in the WC series makes GM’s nervous in trading prospects for a one and done potential. Take Bos or TB and/or StL or Pitt when if they finish just out of the division title and assured at least one playoff series. This makes for skittish GM’s.

    This is why Theo/Ted effort to move players early was brilliant. They know the value and have a plan.

    • another JP

      Exactly. By adding a WC and a one day playoff the desire to make a big trade with a reduced opportunity to make the final eight has diminished… rentals are not valued as much and a premium is on gaining players not about to be FA.

  • Chef Brian

    Well done Brett, an anticlimactic trade deadline to say the least, but I feel the cubs did the right thing. It makes no sense to trade off the cost controlled pieces if the deal is simply not there. Dejesus and Schierholtz are excellent club house veterans that any young team needs. It makes no sense to give them away for a song if they want to be moderately competitive in 2014. The FO has made some excellent trades and there are good things to come.