Happy Trade Deadline Day

TheJedi have already knocked out a number of trades earlier in the month, that today shouldn't bring too much excitement, but there's still a few pieces left on the trading block. One is Nate Schierholtz whom Jayson Stark reiterates is the most likely Cub to be dealt today. The Pirates and Rangers seem like the most likely spots at the moment.

Heyman says Jeff Samardzija won't be moved right now, but the Cubs will pursue a trade or an extension this offseason.

Bruce Levine said the Cubs nearly had a deal in place to move James Russell to the Braves last week.

Twitter was a buzz with talk that the Diamondbacks wanted to shed some salary to fit Jake Peavy into their budget and were willing to move Ian Kennedy to get it done. The Cubs, Angels and Padres were all rumored destinations. Not sure if the DBacks still are eager to move Kennedy with Peavy going to the Red Sox, although they could still be in on other pitchers including Bud Norris.

And don't forget this is just the non-waiver deadline, teams can continue to make moves through August 31st to acquire players eligible for their playoff rosters.


Source: #Cubs expect to move either DeJesus or Schierholtz. DeJesus might be more likely; Schierholtz fits vs. RHPs in ’14. #Pirates on both

So, does Gregg get shipped out of town on waivers in August, or has he doomed himself to Cubdom for the remainder of 2013?

And what could Navarro do to make any team want him? Not like he could hit much better.

Unless someone gets hurt on a good team, he fucked his value with recent outings, imo.

Cubs aren't gonna get much in return for this guy now.

The window slammed down pretty quick.

I think the ump last night was paid by the morans (my name for the Cardinals) to throw the game and devalue Gregg. Those calls were brutal.

I can see them waiting on Gregg, although he's no sure thing to make it through waivers. I can't imagine what worthless prospect the Cubs would get for Navarro.


I guess the Cubs would have to find another backup catcher, though.

Jim Duquette shitting all over Schierholtz, calls him a 4th OF. Prefers DeJesus for his versatility.

That's one way to demonstrate your stupidity.

Schierholtz has power, arm, and age on DeJesus.

DeJesus has... fading speed and range on Schierholtz?

You forgot DeJesus' hot wife.

Can I get a witness?

Her boobs are too fake.

I heard one of them is real.

"Her boobs are too fake."



What kind do you like?


but less with the blatant women objectifying...

I guess I started it all by bringing up the "Hot Wife" angle. Sorry.

Women with fake boobs are objectifying themselves.....well not the ones that get them post mastectomy.

fake boobs feel weird...new implants, old implants...they all feel weird...they move/bounce weird...they basically look best when covered (or partially covered) by clothes which misses the point when you get to the point you want to make with them (there's a few puns in there somewhere).

If you are touching boobs and complaining about it, something is wrong.

You seem sorta negative today, crunch.

i just need a snickers bar.

Nothing demonstrates the "sausage fest" aspect of TCR more than this particular thread...

For the record, I don't like fake sausage either. Errrrr ... Check please.

she seems to be nervous about the deadline...



I. Kennedy to Padres for LHP Joe Thatcher, AA prospect Matt Stites and compensatory draft pick between 2nd and 3rd round.

The San Diego Padres were the first MLB club to trade a 2014 Competitive Balance Draft pick, and the Cubs might be able to acquire one in a deal with the Pirates (for Schierholtz) or Rockies (for Gregg).

Here are the Rule 4 Draft Competitive Balance picks for 2014:

COMP GROUP "A" (picks between 1st & 2nd rounds):
1. COL
2. BAL
3. CLE
4. MIA
5. KC 
6. MIL

COMP GROUP "B" (picks between 2nd & 3rd rounds) 
1. SD (traded to AZ for Ian Kennedy)
2. AZ
3. STL
4. TB
5. PIT
6. SEA

Once a Competitive Balance pick is traded it cannot be flipped to a third team, so the SD "B" pick that was traded to AZ in the Ian Kennedy deal cannot be traded again.


If the Cubs can get a comp pick for Gregg they should take it and run away screaming with joy.

Witty says Navarro is in play for the Cards because of knee injury to Molina. Maybe some international cap space if they have any left.

also Cards B.S. comp pick would be nice...

RHP Matt Stites (the minor league pitcher going from SD to AZ) was a Cubs draft pick (33rd round) out of a Missouri JC in 2010, but did not sign.

I smell a quiet deadline for Cubs. :/

The AstrO's acquired hoes for bud.

Badoom Crash

*golf clap*

Orioles are sending LJ Hoes and Josh Hader and their comp pick in 2004 for RHP Bud Norris

no deals for Cubs...

Schierholtz, Navarro, Gregg, DeJesus would all likely be claimed, limiting Cubs options

also no more cap space acquired and Eloy signing expected to be official tomorrow (could change).

could change, but only 4 deals today

Bud Norris and int'l cap space to O's for 2 prospects and a comp pick

Ian Kennedy to Padres for Thatcher, prospect Max Stites and comp pick

Drew Butera to Dodgers for PTBNL

Justin Maxwell to Royals for prospect Kyle Smith ho-hum.

Booooooooooooooo! Boring. Sigh. Worst trade deadline I've ever ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Booing the trade deadline? You from Philadelphia?

New breed of Wrigley patron!!

boo'ing the trade deadline...celebrating losses in order to get better draft picks...excitement over the loss of high value players to pick up minor leaguers.

The Cub's Fan Way (tm).

Celebrating seeing a strong farm system develop.

Hopeful that for the first time in years we will be built for the long term.

Happiness at not seeing the same stupid pattern of overpaying in years and $ for overvalued free agents.

The Not Negative All the Time Cub's Fan Way (tm).

if only the cubs could move to a bigger market in order to make some money to put back into the team...i guess having one of the lowest ticket prices to see a game is a boon, though.


Um they are spending a lot of money on the team at all levels, just not on free agents right now, especially considering how leveraged the sale was. And have you noticed the team salaries of the teams on top? Throwing money at the problem isn't a solution in today's free agent market

The "not spending money on the team" thing is bogus. I can't stand Rickets as a person but he is doing right by this team money wise.

That's how I think about it johann. I could watch the current team all day even with their weaknesses compared to the end of the Hendry era. That was just as painful as anything in the rebuilding process. Love watching the farm system get bulked up by professionals!

3 best win percentages in the league are A's, Rays and Pirates.

3 of the 5 lowest payrolls (Houston and Miami are #1 and #2, but we know they weren't even trying this year).

Cubs payroll was $104M this year? Does Soriano's contract count 3 times or something?

I'm sure it all adds up, but I can only think of 4 "expensive" players (Soriano, Garza, Marmol and Jackson).

now we just need to get rid of that stupid rule where if you spend money you can't win games.

i understand that if the cubs spend $25-$35m more they have to start the season 0-10 by default...and that's not fair at all.

this either/or for winning/rebuilding needs to be looked at in the next owner's meeting.

still, at least the cubs have the #27 ticket price in baseball rather than the #3 ticket price in all of baseball. it would help if they could get out of wrigley+chicago and relocate the team to somewhere in nebraska, too.

I am applying the sarcasm stamp to this post.

I just don't think you mean some of these things literally.

Lincoln Cubs 2016, dude.

ivy on the OF fence replaced by old heirloom corn varieties that grow 15+ feet...it'll be glorious.

It's nice of you to be so free with $25 million of Rickets money on top of the leveraged buying of the team, building new minor league/training facilities, hiring new people, rebuilding Wrigley, getting lots of potentially good international players and the $105 million payroll (does that include the new Rizzo contract?), all of which will help us for years to come. Clearly instead of turning this team into an actual professional organization at all levels they should have spent money on overpriced FAs to help them win a few more games in the short term.

Tell me, with this additional $25 million you say Rickets can spend, who would they have gotten to help them win the World Series? Because I don't care how many games they win if it doesn't include the World Series.

given that the cubs could spend $130m next year and nearly double the payroll from where it current stands to sit this offseason it could be glorious...and they'd still turn a profit.

besides, after 2014 they get to bend WGN over a table (if they don't get it done earlier) over their TV contract that expires.

i'm stoked and all about j.baez's .220/.280 avg/ob% and his homers and all, but i'm not waiting on him and k.bryant to give the team a reason to compete.

soooo many teams have proven, especially the past few years, that signing a guy doesn't mean you're not going to get something in return if you want "out"...from MIA/TOR to BOS/LAA to CWS with peavy just yesterday...actual prospects, not just filler.

So where is the leverage for the Cubs here? There had been some speculation that Fox could become a player, airing games on WFLD-Ch. 32 and WPWR-Ch. 50. However, sources indicate the network hasn’t jumped into the fray yet. Obviously, that could change, but for now, there appears to be only one network in the race. If that’s the case, what would compel WGN to give the Cubs a big rights increase? - See more at: http://www.shermanreport.com/major-tv-crossroads-f...

i think it's safe to say they're going to cash in well more than the $20m a year they're getting now...$80-$100+ million isn't out of the question.

they're not selling a full suite of games (since they have their games packaged around multiple contracts and the WGN one is 70 games), but delivering 3+ hours of programming for a network that people tend to actually watch live (rather than TIVO/etc) is a growing valued market.

As long as I never have to see another Bud Light Lime ad I'll be happy.

i miss garden claw gold...it made a great gift.

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