With starters Scott Feldman, Matt Garza and Travis Wood all on the trade block, it was just a matter of time before one of the three hit the road. The Baltimore Orioles have struck first as they acquired Feldman and minor-league catcher Steve Clevenger in exchange for starter Jake Arrieta, reliever Pedro Strop and $388,100 in international bonus money.
Cubs fans were hesitant to deal Feldman considering how awful the Paul Maholm trade went for the club prior to last year’s trade deadline — the Atlanta Braves got Maholm from Chicago for virtually nothing at all.
However, this is a different scenario. While Strop has shown promise as a relief pitcher in the past, the Cubs likely wont have any use for the 28-year-old journeyman. With that being said, Arrieta is a starting pitcher who has been there and done that with 63 career starts at the MLB level. Pitching in the AL East is brutal, so Chicago is hoping it got lucky and snagged a 27-year-old starter who can eat innings and keep the opposition at bay.
Either way, Cubs fans know this is just part of the drill. For the next few seasons Chicago’s general manager Jed Hoyer will be acquiring arms like Feldman in the offseason just to deal them halfway through the following season in an attempt to beef up the minor league system.