The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 30-year old righty starting pitcher Scott Feldman and 27-year old lefty swinging catcher Steve Clevenger from the Chicago Cubs for 27-year old righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, 28-year old righty reliever Pedro Strop and cash considerations. Feldman will move right into the Orioles’ starting rotation. He pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Feldman has now pitched in 219 games (116 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 46-50 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Clevenger played in 8 games for the Cubs this year and he was 1 for 8 (.125 avg, .347 OPS) with 1 run scored. He also played in 15 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 17 for 52 (.327 avg, 1.022 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers and 11 RBIs. Clevenger has now played in 79 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 42 for 211 (.199 avg, .537 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 1 homer and 16 RBIs. Clevenger will start his career with the Orioles in AAA-ball.
Jake Arrieta has talent, but he was a bust for the Orioles. He pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. He pitched in 69 games (63 starts) in his four years with the Orioles and he was 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Pedro Strop was also having a rough time for the Orioles in 2013. He pitched in 29 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP. Strop pitched in 111 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Orioles and he was 7-5 with 3 saves, a 3.30 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.
Will Feldman make the Orioles’ rotation better? Probably. But I think the should have aimed higher for a rotation upgrade than Scott Feldman. He has had some struggles pitching in the A.L. in the past in his career.