7/2 Cubs deal Feldman, Clevenger

The Cubs kicked off the trading season on Tuesday, dealing pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger to the Orioles for right-handed pitchers Jake Arrietta and Pedro Strop plus two international signing bonus slots. The Cubs also have acquired the Astros’ No. 2 and 3 international signing bonus slots for Minor League infielder Ronald Torreyes.

Feldman (7-6, 3.46 ERA), who has been one of the Cubs most consistent starters, was scheduled to start Tuesday against the Athletics, but instead, lefty Chris Rusin will get the assignment.

Feldman most likely won’t be the only starter to be dealt before the July 31 Trade Deadline. There also has been interest in right-hander Matt Garza, scheduled to start Wednesday.

Clevenger made the Cubs’ Opening Day roster but has struggled with a strained left oblique, and was with Triple-A Iowa. A Baltimore native, the catcher was thrilled at the news, according to his agent, Joshua Kusnick, who tweeted: “Clevenger is an oriole done deal home coming!”

The Cubs will get $388,100 from the Orioles in international slot money, which may help them sign top prospect Eloy Jimenez.

Arrieta will be assigned to Iowa while Strop was expected to report to the Cubs later this week. Arrieta, 27, was 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA in 69 Major League appearances, all but six as a starting pitcher, in all or part of the last four seasons with the Orioles. He was a member of Baltimore’s 2013 Opening Day roster and has had three stints with the big league club this season, going 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA in five starts.

Strop, 28, last season served as one of Baltimore’s primary set-up men, going 5-2 with three saves, 24 holds and a 2.44 ERA in 70 relief appearances, all single-season career bests. A native of the Dominican Republic, Strop made his major league debut with the Rangers in 2009 and split three seasons between the Majors and Minors before being traded to Baltimore near the end of the 2011 campaign.

— Carrie Muskat


Rusin MUST be deemed “ready” for the majors, according to some people because there is NO WAY the FO would promote a young minor leaguer just OUT OF NECCESSITY….NO WAY….that would be ludicrous…right?

Joey, do you not remember last year?

Sure I do, so once a player is called up and tastes the majors, is sent back down to the minors he is not considered a minor leaguer? My point being that a NEED created THIS call up more than a promotion due to talent. Listen, I DO get you Jasper, all your posts and thank you for your sincere and polite replies to my posts. Regardless of the reason it is a call up so congrats to Russin and I hope he makes it an EASY decision to leave him in the rotation as God knows we need some quality pitching now that we are close to getting down to only The Shark and Wood.

ok well Rusin is coming from AAA not AA and Rusin was also up last year… so you trying to make a point about it being dumb that I think Szczur isn’t called up straight from AA makes no sense… but we are all used to your nonsense on about every subject… but way to make yourself look stupid… you are good at it

Thats what I was thinking petrey. Rusin had 7 starts last year going 2 & 3. 1 Start the year before. He has some experience and been doing well at AAA this year. Its now time and its all up to him.
With the Cubs going no where this year, Sweeny and Dejesus on the DL, Sappelt just called up to replace Sweeny, there is no reason ( my opinion ) to rush Szczur.
Should Szczur continue to do well, I could see him being promoted to AAA after the All Star break the rest of the year. Half year this year at AAA, half next year, maybe a call up July 2014. I dont think thats rushing it, it depends if he keeps doing what hes doing.

With Sappelt being promoted from AAA, I would think that Szczur would be moving up to take his place. He should be able to get around 200 plate appearences by Sept 1. Then if he’s still getting on base, scoring and driving in runs, then bring him to Chicago.

hey im all for Szczur progressing to AAA… i only stated it is an unreal expectation for Szczur to get a promotion straight from AA… I hope to see Matt up here next year around this time and think we will be a nice asset for us in the future

Insulting Joey is not a suitable substitute for knowledge. Pet, every once in a while you DO make some sense. Your problem is that you are green with envy. You need some help. My friend Joey and several of the other responsible posters are not the problem.

Its a spot start… or two… not a permanent call up

also been reading that the Padres are really high on Garza and Arrieta so this acquisition may be the start of a bigger deal with the Padres…. very possible that Jed is targeting some of his picks from the padres… maybe even Fried… I really like Fried and Wisler in the Padres system…

I am looking forward to that happening petrey, I am hoping very much it happens before Garzas next start.

idk about that early but its a possible deadline deal if the Padres stay close

Now get rid of that bum Castro. Can’t get much but send him packing – Does not have what it takes to play in the bigs

Dude please… he’s 23 and already has two all stars… he’s in a slump relax

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