Scott Feldman acquired for Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop
Written by Michael Williams
The Orioles acquired right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman from the Cubs. The trade sent Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop to Chicago, along with $338,100 in international signing slot bonuses. No actual money changed hands, just the ability for the Cubs to spend more internationally.
Orioles also got catcher Steve Clevenger, He was sent to Triple-A Norfolk.
Poster e16bball tells us this.
The bar for #4/#5 starters, even in this era of resurgent pitching, is really very low. The following is a list of each of the primary #4/#5 starters in the AL:
Texas: Nick Tepesch (4.71 ERA, 4.36 FIP); Justin Grimm (5.56 ERA, 4.30 FIP)
Oakland: Tommy Milone (4.17 ERA, 4.62 FIP); Dan Straily (5.00 ERA, 3.71 FIP)
Seattle: Joe Saunders (4.98 ERA, 4.80 FIP); Aaron Harang (5.08 ERA, 4.13 FIP)
Los Angeles: Tommy Hanson (5.10 ERA, 5.26 FIP); Joe Blanton (5.07 ERA, 4.30 FIP)
Houston: Lucas Harrell (4.59 ERA, 4.89 FIP); Dallas Keuchel (4.65 ERA, 4.72 FIP)
Detroit: Doug Fister (3.50 ERA, 2.82 FIP); Rick Porcello (5.21 ERA, 3.64 FIP)
Cleveland: Ubaldo Jimenez (4.63 ERA, 4.50 FIP); Scott Kazmir (4.83 ERA, 4.72 FIP)
Minnesota: Mike Pelfrey (6.11 ERA, 4.20 FIP); P.J. Walters (6.03 ERA, 5.24 FIP)
Chicago: Hector Santiago (3.59 ERA, 4.15 FIP); Dylan Axelrod (4.57 ERA, 5.16 FIP)
Kansas City: Jeremy Guthrie (4.11 ERA, 5.76 FIP); Wade Davis (5.55 ERA, 4.43 FIP)
Boston: Ryan Dempster (4.11 ERA, 4.80 FIP); Felix Doubront (4.22 ERA, 3.67 FIP)
New York: Phil Hughes (4.82 ERA, 4.41 FIP); David Phelps (4.95 ERA, 3.83 FIP)
Tampa Bay: Jeremy Hellickson (4.90 ERA, 4.04 FIP); Roberto Hernandez (4.98 ERA, 4.50 FIP)
Toronto: Brandon Morrow (5.63 ERA, 5.43 FIP); Chien-Ming Wang (5.24 ERA, 4.84 FIP)
Playoff Contenders: 4.78 ERA, 4.26 FIP
All AL Teams: 4.85 ERA, 4.47 FIP
In his career as a starter, Feldman has a 4.66 ERA and a 4.45 FIP, which means he'd fit right in as a back-end SP for an AL team, even on a playoff contender. And over the past 3 seasons combined, he has a 4.34 ERA and a 3.88 FIP. That's a very solid #4 starter for any team. And when you look at that list, there's really no one aside from Fister that I think we wouldn't have a very real shot at beating with Feldman on the hill. That's a pretty substantial upgrade from what we've been running out there so far this season in those back-end slots.
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