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!
Not as a major factor, but could be a tie-breaker. But, yeah, on performance and experience, it's Coghlan.
Arrieta’s 2.85 ERA would be good enough to lead 26 other teams. He's 3rd on #Cubs behind Hendricks (1.99) and Lester (2.28)
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For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.
[Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]
tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.
I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.
I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.
And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.
When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.
Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.
I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.
Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.
My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.
Old Cub fans remember when Ken Hubbs died at 22 in the crash of a small plane he was piloting in a storm in Utah in 1964. But Hubbs was not an elite power pitcher like Score and Fernandez. Score lived a long time after the accident but it was (effectively) career-ending.
HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.
Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.
Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?
It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.
Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.
He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.
Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.
Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.