11/27 One more look at Feldman

Signing Scott Feldman doesn’t excite you? Read what Dave Cameron of FanGraphs has to say about the right-handed pitcher, who signed a one-year deal with the Cubs on Tuesday, and maybe that will change your view. Sure, Feldman doesn’t have much of a “wow” factor but that was the same reaction one year ago when the Cubs signed Paul Maholm. As Cameron notes, there’s a trend here. The Cubs are looking for quality arms without committing to long-term deals or giving up impact players in return.

“Feldman might not have the reputation of a quality starter yet, but he’s shown the skills necessary to become a perfectly acceptable middle-of-the-rotation innings eater,” Cameron writes. “Last year, he ran a 3/1 K/BB ratio while maintaining an average ground ball rate, putting him in the same xFIP range as guys like Kyle Lohse, Ryan Dempster, Edwin Jackson and Dan Haren. [Feldman] doesn’t have the same track record of success as those guys but he’s also going to cost a fraction of the price and offers the same low BB/average K/average GB skill set.

“In a more friendly home ballpark and with better results at stranding runners, Feldman projects to be something not too far from a league average starting pitcher in 2013. And, while he’s going to be labeled a stop-gap type of signing, he doesn’t turn 30-years-old until February, so there’s no reason to think that the Cubs can’t extract longer term value from him if he pitches well in 2013. With Feldman and Baker, the Cubs have added a couple of pieces to their rotation who aren’t just pump-and-dump guys, but could be solid pieces to build future rotations around as well. This isn’t just patching a hole because the Cubs need arms for next season — these deals are investments in buying low on pitchers who could be part of the next good Cubs team, even if that team is still several years away.”

Cameron notes that Feldman may not be an ace but he can give the Cubs 180 innings, and gives the team kudos for the deal.

“Don’t be surprised if they’re announcing another contract with him at some point in 2013, rewarding him for his breakout season and keeping him on the north side beyond just this one season,” Cameron writes.

— Carrie Muskat



Nope, still not excited. This is a run of the mill type of acquistion for a warm body that MAY be good (at best) but certainly does not warrant any excitement. Maholm was good and that got him traded…for….??? Wouldn’t it have just made sense to keep the already good Maholm and THEN add the likes of Baker and Feldman if not BETTER pitchers? Will not Feldman and or Baker go the same route as Maholm? What season do you think the Cubs WILL have a keeper rotation??? Signing pitchers at reasonable contracts just to trade them mid season for players that won’t produce for many years is going to get old sooner than later. I’m giving them until mid 2014 to show us the caliber of talent we fans deserve and to finally say “we are now ready to make our sustained run at championship ball” AS PROMISED.

Vizcaino for Maholm is/could be quite a good trade for Maholm. I know you are seeing the TJ surgery and such but Vizcaino is pretty talented. Much more so than Maholm. Why not trade him when we get a young pitcher who could/should be better than Maholm? I mean as of right now Vizcaino is our top pitching prospect and probably #4 prospect overall.

Agree with petrey on this one. Vizcaino & Chapman for Maholm and Reed was an excellent trade. Vizcaino has high potential, Maholm was very good, but he will not help the Cubs in the Playoffs this year.
Chapman started out very wild, but started to settle in his 4th & 5th appearance.
I like the signing of Scott Baker and Scott Feldman, if one or both do well, they too can bring younger talent back at very reasonable expense.
Hendry left the Minors in very bad shape pitching wise. The end of the year it was obvious that Raley and Rusin are not ready. Coleman has been up & down, he still dont get it.
Hoyer and Epstein are looking for cost saving ML experienced arms to get then through 2013. All trades and the Draft have brought many young arms to the organization. It will take a couple more years for them to develop.

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