Trade Deadline Blogathon: Hour 18

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Trade Deadline Blogathon: Hour 18

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I am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter – for 24 hours straight, until slightly past MLB’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The plan is to do a little recap like this periodically through the day/night. Three quarters of the way in, I’d say the plan is holding pretty well.

My wife says I’m cracking up, though. Not cracking her up, you’ll note. Just cracking up. I don’t know that she’d trust me to care for the baby at this point.

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News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

The big news was the Astros trading Michael Bourn to the Atlanta Braves for Jordan Schafer and three pitching prospects. Piecing reports together, that trade probably could have belonged to the Cubs, with the team sending Marlon Byrd and cash, and getting back a slightly less attractive return than Bourn netted.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

How uniformly the anti-Hendry, anti-Ricketts, and anti-Cubs position is crystalizing. I’m not terribly interested in being the voice of reason – I’m pretty frustrated – but let’s all keep in mind: we will never know exactly what’s going on behind the scenes. What if Jim Hendry is desperately trying to find deals for guys like Carlos Pena and Marlon Byrd, but the offers have been terrible? If it played out that way, wouldn’t you want the Cubs to keep them, and spread rumors about how much they want to keep them?

If I were guessing, it hasn’t played out that way. My guess is Hendry has been told not to move players whom the next GM might want to keep for 2012. But, as reasonable people, we need to leave ourselves open to a number of possible explanations – some of which don’t paint Hendry/Ricketts/the Cubs as the villains we might now think they are.

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

At least the return for Bourn wasn’t herculean. If the Astros had gotten one of the “big four” Braves pitching prospects and some more (“more” accounting for the difference in talent value between Bourn and Marlon Byrd), they would have been collecting bits of my brain matter off of the moon for weeks.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Another Starbucks mocha frappuccino. I smell a sponsorship opportunity!

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

I’m more frustrated by the Cubs’ lack of movement than the lack of movement in the debt ceiling debate (sorry, ‘Meet the Press’ was just on). But I still think the folks involved in the latter problem are self-interested dongers. Those involved in the former problem are just self-interested. Not dongers, though.

Follow me? Hey, this section is for the strangest thought in my mind. So, you knew what you were getting.

(ruh roh, cracks are starting to appear in my otherwise pristine logic and prose – maybe the wife is right)


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.