For those of you who didn’t get up at 6:00 am yesterday so that you could continue to hit “refresh” on Twitter and your email account, here’s what happened with Matt Garza, the Chicago Cubs, and the Texas Rangers yesterday:
9:05 am: “A deal is imminent! Don’t step away from your computer!” says everyone on Twitter.
9:30 am: “We’ll have a deal within the hour!” says everyone on Twitter.
10:30 am: (Julie drums her fingers on her desk, taps her foot, keeps hitting “refresh”)
11:00 am: Julie finally decides to bug her “source.” “Any idea what’s going on?” she asks.
11:05 am: Julie gets this from her “source:”
11:06 am: Julie imagines all the horrible things she’d like to do to her “source.” Vows to stop listening to said “source.” (Oddly enough, my source’s “Fuck if I know” message turned out to be the most accurate one of the day).
11:07 am t0 6 pm(ish): “We have inside information! Don’t step away form your computers! WE HAVE A SOURCE!! Listen to us! LOOOOOOVE UUUUUSSSS!” says every Cubs blogger on Twitter.
6:08 pm: “I’m calling this one. Time of death of deal, 6:08 pm CT,” said Julie.
As it turns out, the deal isn’t exactly “dead,” as both sides are still reportedly trying to move forward, but they’ve definitely moved into the “open relationship” phase of the deal, with both sides being free to see other people. It sounds like both sides backed off after the Cubs didn’t like the medical records of one of the players coming back for Garza, but details are still a bit hazy at this point. Per Gordon Wittenmeyer, a “mystery team” jumped into the fray at the 11th hour, but no word on who that team was or if negotiations with that team continue.
There’s no reason to think that Matt Garza won’t still be moved (he jumped on Twitter yesterday) to say that the Cubs told his agent he was going to be traded), but the air has gone out of the “Matt Garza deal imminent!” energy that was on Twitter yesterday.
Yesterday’s lesson? Don’t announce a trade until it’s actually happened, and the more you tweet about how good your sources are, the less likely you are to be right.
The Cubs are back in Denver tonight. We’ll have a game thread and more on Junior Lake’s big debut later on this afternoon.