The Baltimore Orioles have acquired starting pitcher Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, reliever Pedro Strop and international signing bonus slots. The Orioles also receive catcher Steve Clevenger in the deal. ESPN's Keith Law broke the news via Twitter, although he mistakenly called Clevenger, "Tony," which he later corrected:
Orioles acquire Scott Feldman and Tony Clevenger from the Cubs for Jake Arrietta, Pedro Strop, and int'l bonus slots.— keithlaw (@keithlaw) July 2, 2013
Feldman, 30, has pitched well in his first season with the Cubs, amassing a 7-6 record and a 3.46 ERA. Prior to this year, Feldman had spent his entire career with the Texas Rangers, who drafted him in 2003. While he won 17 games in 2009, he struggled with Texas over the last couple years before signing as a free agent this offseason with the Cubs.
Cubs confirm Feldman trade to Orioles is official. Chris Rusin will start tonight in Oakland.— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) July 2, 2013
Catcher Steve Clevenger is a Baltimore native. He played his high school ball at Mount St. Joseph's, which was also where Mark Teixeira and Gavin Floyd attended high school. According to Roch Kubatko of MASN, Clevenger will be assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Arrieta, 27, has been wildly inconsistent over the last couple of seasons for the O's. While showing flashes of brilliance, he has been known to lose command. In five starts with the Birds this year, Arrieta went 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA.
According to the Cubs' official Twitter feed, Arrieta will report to Triple-A, while Strop will report to the Cubs later in the week.
Arrieta will join @IowaCubs while Strop is expected to report to the Cubs later this week.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 2, 2013
Pedro Strop has also been inconsistent in his time with Baltimore. While the 28-year-old was impressive in 2012, acquiring a 2.44 ERA as well as picking up three saves, he struggled near the end of the year and has been a mess in 2013. In 29 appearances this season, Strop has a 7.25 ERA.