Orioles Trade Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop to Cubs for Scott Feldman

Drew Reynolds@dreynoldsawlContributor IIIJuly 2, 2013

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 26: Scott Feldman #46 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the bottom of the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 26, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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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:

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.

The 6'7" Feldman was slated to start in Oakland later that night. Now, Feldman will start Wednesday for the Orioles against the White Sox, per Orioles baseball producer Casey Willett.

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.

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The 27-year-old catcher has hit .327 with three homers in 15 games this season with Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs' compensation in the deal is the Orioles' 2012 Opening Day starter, Jake Arrieta.

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.

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.

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