Keith Law just tweeted, "Orioles acquire Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger from the Cubs for Jake Arrietta, Pedro Strop, and int'l bonus slots."
BLUF: The Orioles were able to improve their starting rotation without losing anything of value for this year.
This is a classic mid-season Dan Duquette trade by acquiring a solid, if not overly sexy pitcher who will be a free agent at the end of the year but who can help the O's reach the playoffs this year.
Feldman has struggled a bit in his last seven starts with Chicago after getting off to a hot start when he went 4-3 with a 2.19 ERA through his first eight starts. He's gone 3-3 with a 4.97 ERA over his last seven starts but has averaged about six innings a start over this timeframe.
Feldman is a sinker, curve, cutter guy who also mixes in an occasional change up. His velocity has dropped a bit over the years and he now averages right around 90 MPH on his sinking fastball instead of the 92 MPH last season.
Feldman should give the Orioles a reliable starter who can go a solid six innings or more in most starts while keeping them in the game. He's a solid back of the rotation guy.
The Orioles also received minor league catcher-first baseman Steve Clevenge. Clevenger is a left-handed hitter who has hit well in AAA, but holds a .537 OPs in 229 major league PAs. He's thrown out just 13% of the base stealers in his major league time so he looks like minor league depth more than anything.
The Orioles gave up Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop, both of whom have struggled this year but who both throw in the mid-90s.
It will be interesting to see how the Orioles handle Zach Britton and Kevin Gausman after this acquisition. The Orioles could keep Gausman and use him as a multi-inning reliever or they could send him back down to AAA to start every 5th day. Britton has been very effective over short periods of time and the Orioles may consider keeping him in the pen as well. They could also send both down and have them start every 5th day at Norfolk and bring up Jon Rauch, Jairo Asencio or Adam Russell to replace Strop.
Overall though, I think this is a solid trade that will help the Orioles this season in their quest for the post season.
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