Trade Deadline Blogathon: Hour Nine

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Trade Deadline Blogathon: Hour Nine

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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. We’ll see if the “plan” still holds by hour 20 when I’m starting to suspect my keyboard might be chocolate.

Ah, the wee hours of the morning. It’s the time when I can post just about anything with impunity. Pictures of kittens? Sure. My thoughts on a counter-Impressionist revolution in post-war Spain? Why not. Completely made up phrases like “counter-Impressionist revolution in post-war Spain”? You bet. Cubs rumors? Oh, I guess.

Total Posts So Far: 


News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

Nothing in the Cubs’ world. I did hear about the Cubs approaching Kerry Wood about a trade to Philadelphia at some point in the recent past, but Wood said no thanks. CCO says Bruce Levine was reporting it, though no one seems to have written an article. If true, Wood *really* doesn’t want to leave Chicago.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

That the Rich Harden to Boston trade fell apart at the very last moment is a reminder that dozens and dozens of trades reach varying stages of completion – from mere talks, to exchanging names, to handshake agreements, and so on – without actually being completed. How many do we never even hear about?

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

When you’ve started hoping the Cubs are working the phones to move John Grabow, optimism is at a nadir.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Starbucks mocha frappuccino. I’m naughty!

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

Since it came up in the comments, it’s been absolutely stuck in my head: The Cleveland Tourism Videos. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Enjoy:

There’s a second video that’s funnier than the first. But, for some reason, I’m not permitted to embed it. Here is is on YouTube.


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.