Cubs Trade Feldman to Orioles and Much, Much More!!!
Busy morning in Cubville...to the news ticker!
The Cubs have dealt RHP Scott Feldman and C/INF Steve Clevenger to the Baltimore Orioles for Brian Roberts.
Here's the pertinent details...
Arrieta is a 27-year old righty that's been a disaster in the majors to the tune of a 5.46 ERA through 358 major league innings and knows the path from Baltimore to Norfolk all too well.
BUT....he's got a helluva an arm, once rated the #67 prospect in all of baseball and then #99 in 2009 and 2010 and the #2 - #4 prospect for the O's heading into 2010 with a B+ grade from John Sickels. He put up a real nice spring training this year as well and won a spot in the rotation that he couldn't keep, but the stuff has always been there if the command and consistency haven't. And quite importantly, he's not eligible for arbitration until this offseason and free agency until after 2016 I believe (might be one more year as he's spent time in the minors this season, so we'll wait for AZ Phil to clarify).
Strop's a 28-year old that the Cubs will control at least through 2017. His numbers make Carlos Marmol look like he's in control (career 5.4 BB/9). But he gets the fastball in the mid to upper 90's and is the type of power arm the Cubs want for their bullpen and are lacking in their minors.
Whether either figures it out will be the great mystery....but the Cubs definitely landed some talent here, even if it's not polished. I don't know if I was expecting more or less, but considering the O's can't offer Feldman any type of compensation for leaving free agency, this seems about the right price for a 3 month mid-rotation rental.
As for the international bonus money, it's for $388,100 and should help continue the Cubs spending spree. This morning he Cubs had already signed Dominican RHP Jefferson Mejia for $850K and Venezuelan shortstop Gleyber Torres for $1.7M. That's over half their cap money (around $4.5M) and they were rumored to still be the favorite for OF Eloy Jimenez and were in on P Erling Moreno.
And just as I was typing this, the Cubs completed the deal with the Dodgers for Carlos Marmol and they'll get the Dodgers cast-off in Matt Guerrier. The Cubs will send about $2M to the Dodgers to offset the difference between Marmol and Guerrier's remaining salaries AND also sent some international pool money the Dodgers way to complete the deal ($209,700). I can't say I understand that one...at all.
THEN...the Cubs sent INF Ronald Torreyes (part of the Sean Marshall deal) for some international pool money from the Astros ($784,700K coming from the Astros).
I'll update with any new info as it comes in, but overall I can't say I love the O's deal, but it certainly makes a lot of sense. The Cubs get years of servitude and upside at the cost of a cheap 1-year rental. As good as Feldman has been this year, he's not known for durability over his career, so a multi-year deal was probably off the table and even if it was, there's no stopping the Cubs from pursuing it next offseason.
PS...Clevenger is a Maryland native and his agent says he was nearly in tears and excited to be coming back home. Awww!
This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.
CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now.
LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.
RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.
AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).
I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.
Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)
E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.
Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.
More on the Cub Way.
Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.
Send Soler down!
Awesome thanks AZ
Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.
Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!
given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.
i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.
Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?
He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.
My guess? Toronto.
PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.
Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?
Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.
Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.
Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.
While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.