Cubs trade with Orioles, Astros, Dodgers

Busy day for the Cubs as they acquired three pitchers and added nearly $1M to their international signing pool with three trades.

The Cubs traded RHP Scott Feldman and C Steve Clevenger to Baltimore for RHP Pedro Strop, RHP Jake Arrieta, and $388,100 in international slot values, the Orioles 83rd ($237,000) and 113th ($150,900). They also sent RHP Carlos Marmol and their 92nd slot money ($209,700) to the Dodgers for RHP Matt Guerrier. The Cubs then shipped 2B prospect Ronald Torreyes, who was playing at AA Tennessee, to the Astros for their 31st ($468,000) and 61st ($316,000) international slots.

Strop 24, has appeared in 29 games this year for the Orioles (0-3 7.25 1.70 WHIP) and give the Cubs another arm for a struggling bullpen. He features a 95 mph fastball but relies on his sinker. He also throws a slider and splitter. The right-hander appeared in 70 games last season (5.2 2.44ERA) but had a WHIP of 1.342. The Dominican native started his career in the Rangers organization and was traded to Baltimore in 2011.

The Cubs also receive Jake Arrieta, 27, a one-time top 100 prospect and the Orioles #4 ranked prospect entering the 2011 season. The TCU product made his MLB debut in 2010, starting 18 games for Baltimore going 6-6 with a 4.66 ERA, and went 10-8, 5.05 ERA in 22 starts in 2011. He split time the past two season between Baltimore and AAA Norfolk. He made five starts this year for Baltimore (1-2 7.23 ERA). He features a variety of pitches with a low to mid-90s fastball with a mix of sinkers, sliders, curves and an occasional change-up and cutter. There is a chance Arrieta gets a shot at the Cubs rotation before the season is over.

In exchange for Marmol and slot money, the Cubs acquired Matt Guerrier, a 34-year-old relief pitcher, who's currently rehabbing in A ball. Guerrier has pitched in the big leagues for 10 years and the Cubs will be his third team spending seven season in Minnesota and the last three with the Dodgers. He has pitched in 513 games and has a 3.54 ERA and a 1.25 career WHIP. He led the major in games in 2008 (76) and 2009 (79) and has been used as a set-up man throughout his career. He throws five pitches with a low 90s four-seam fastball, mixing in a sinker and cutter.

All three newly acquired pitchers were put on the 40-man roster as OF Ryan Sweeney was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room for the final roster spot on the 40-man.

After signing Gleyber Torres, SS, Venezuelan, for $1.7 million and RHP Jefferson Mejia ($850,000) earlier in the day, the Cubs added another $963,100 to their international pool of $4,557,200, leaving them $2,970,300. They are linked to top international prospect OF Eloy Jimenez, who may get over $2M to sign, and Colombian RHP Erling Moreno, who will receive a reported $600,000.

Scott Feldman, 30, went 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts for the Cubs, including a complete game. He sported a 1.14 WHIP and a BAA of .234. Feldman was signed as a free agent in November to a one-year deal. LHP Chris Rusin (7-7 3.27 ERA) has been promoted from Iowa and will take Feldman's spot in the rotation for tonight's game at Oakland.

Steve Clevenger only played eight games with Chicago (8AB, 1H, 1BB, 3K) before going on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. After rehabbing in Mesa, Clevenger was sent to Iowa appearing in 15 games (.327/.426/.596) 3HR 11RBI. Clevenger was taken off the Cubs 40-man roster and optioned to Iowa on June 28 but has not played since June 21.

Marmol was designated for assignment June 25 after a tough start to 2013, includin the boo-birds of Wrigley Field. A change of scenery could be just what Marmol needs to regain his all-star form. He was 2-4 with a 5.86 ERA with 21 BB in 27.2 innings.

2B Ronald Torreyes was acquired by the Cubs in the Sean Marshall trade that landed the Cubs Travis Wood and Dave Sappelt. Torreyes hit .264/.326/.385 for Daytona in 115 games in 2012 and was hitting .260/.337/.381 in 64 games at AA Tennessee.


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