It is a little early yet to hand out awards for the best MLB moves for the 2013 trade deadline but if they were giving early awards the best move so far would have to go to the Baltimore Orioles. They traded pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop to the Chicago Cubs in return for Scott Feldman. This is the perfect choice for an early move for the Orioles. Feldman has good stuff that could play well in Camden Yards and moving from the Cubs to the contending Orioles would be a shot in the arm for any pitcher.
He will get the chance to start early on for the O’s as he will debut with the team on Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox. Feldman has pitched for a Buck Showalter team before so there will be some measure of familiarity both to his new manager and to the new league as it was for the Texas Rangers that he last pitched under Showalter. He knows the league and has had success in the A.L. as well as under Showalter.
The season has been a good one for Feldman as well. Considering the fact that he is going to be pitching for one of the more explosive offensive teams in baseball, he should be a really good fit. He might not be their best pitcher every five days but he is a guy that will keep them in ballgames and give them a good chance to win. That is exactly what they need in order to have a chance to get close to the Boston Red Sox again.
Giving up Arrieta and Strop really isn’t that big of a deal as it seemed both pitchers had grown stagnant in O’s uniforms anyway and likely needed a change of scenery. I doubt the Orioles are complete done tweaking their pitching staff but for their upgrade plans I say so far, so good.