Trade Deadline Blogathon: It Begins

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Trade Deadline Blogathon: It Begins

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And, so it begins. A 30-hour journey into the depths of insanity, depravity, and baseball rumors.

I am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter (hash tag #BNBlogathon for those who want to jump into the fray themselves) – for 30 hours straight, until slightly past MLB’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. 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.

This will give you a taste of what the recaps will look like, and also

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

None. This is the first recap, so there’s nothing to recap. Fortunately, or unfortunately, nothing much happened while I was taking my pre-Blogathon sleep, which went well, by the way.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

It’s not since the last recap, but Ken Rosenthal just reported it – if you’ll recall, there was some confusion about whether a deal involving a 10/5 player was subject to a 24-hour waiting period (giving the guy plenty of time to think about the trade). If that was true, deals involving those guys – think Dempster or Soriano – would have to be agreed upon today, so they could be finalized tomorrow. Rosenthal says that changed in the new CBA, and there’s no longer such a waiting period, which is good news for the Cubs.

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

There isn’t much to analyze at this point, other than the Cubs’ apparent desire to be patient, and keep asking prices sky high. For now, it seems like a fair strategy, given that the deadline is still 30 hours away. Then again, trades already seem to be favoring sellers, so maybe it’s time to get on with it.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

None yet. About to have a bowl of caffeine-free cereal.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

None yet. I am refreshed, focused, and not at all crazy.

Current Mood:

Nerd-level excited …

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Author: Brett Taylor

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