If you left for a vacation on, say, Thursday – which is totally reasonable, being that it was July 3 and a long holiday weekend was on tap – you probably didn’t think you would be missing three of the busiest days of really important stuff in the last good while.
But you did. And I don’t just mean the trade.
Thursday, July 3
- I have to toss in a couple later-in-the-day Thursday entries, in case you really did take off for the holiday early and didn’t check back in until now. The Cubs signed a couple international free agents, and the rooftops offered to settle with the Cubs, if they would go back to the two-sign plan at Wrigley. The Cubs aren’t taking the rooftops up on that right now, and instead want to see their revised (seven sign) plan through the Landmarks Commission meeting this week.
Friday, July 4
- The Cubs made two more international signings, though they’ve not yet traded any IFA bonus slots.
- 6th Rounder Dylan Cease is in the fold! He gets $1.5 million, which is nearly first-round money.
- BN Chris Neitzel wrote a really interesting piece about the Cubs’ typical record/standing by the Fourth of July – it’s not pretty.
- The biggy: the Cubs and A’s reportedly got heavy in talks about Jeff Samardzija AND Jason Hammel (the timing and the “and” were the really shocking parts). It was one of those update after update kind of nights, with the deal confirmed by multiple sources by the end of the Fourth.
Saturday, July 5
- The Cubs/A’s Samardzija/Hammel/Russell/McKinney/Straily/PTBNL deal became officially official.
- In the wake of the trade, I looked at what could happen to the Cubs’ rotation in the near-term.
- Kris Bryant and Javy Baez went deep in the same game, which gave us some fun to watch – a break from trade obsession.
- The Angels and Diamondbacks got together on a trade involving Tony Campana(!) and lefty reliever Joe Thatcher, which actually does have some relevance to the Cubs.
- Justin Ruggiano’s excellent play of late came in for some praise.
- Theo Epstein spoke about the big trade, and for the first time hinted at a specific time for the Cubs to hopefully turn the corner (next year).
- The Cubs confirmed that Tsuyoshi Wada would make his big league debut this week as part of the Cubs’ doubleheader in Cincinnati on Tuesday.
- Jorge Soler (hamstring) finally returned to AA Tennessee.
Sunday, July 6
- Cubs players reacted to the big trade.
- Luke looked at the trade implications from a minor league perspective, while also rounding up where each of the Cubs affiliates currently stand.
- Jeff Samardzija expressed his happiness in joining a contender. (Wound up dominating the Blue Jays in his first start, too.)
- The Diamondbacks traded Brandon McCarthy – and cash(!) – the Yankees for Vidal Nuno.
- The Cubs called up reliever Blake Parker (after calling up Chris Rusin the day before) to fill in as the 25th man, and 10th member of the bullpen.
- Reactions from around baseball to the big Samardzija/Hammel trade.
- The Cubs netted one, two, or three All-Stars, depending on your perspective: Starlin Castro is in, Jeff Samardzija is in (but not a Cub anymore), and Anthony Rizzo is in the final vote thing.