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Orioles acquire Scott Feldman from Cubs

Baltimore bolsters rotation through deal for towering right-hander
07/02/2013 5:11 PM ET
By Mike Tanowitz

In his first season with the Cubs, Feldman posted a 7-6 record with a 3.46 ERA through 15 starts.(AP)
The first major trade in the historically wild month of July took place Tuesday, with the Chicago Cubs sending RHP Scott Feldman and utilityman Steve Clevenger to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for RHPs Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.

Feldman, 30, was 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts with the Cubs, and would give a boost to an Orioles rotation that ranks 13th in the American League with a 4.79 ERA. Prior to this season he had spent his entire career in the AL, going 39-44 with a 4.81 ERA in 204 games (101 starts) with Texas from 2005-2012.

On the other side, the Cubs get a highly-touted former prospect in the 27-year-old Arrieta, who was 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA in five starts with the Orioles this year and is 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA in 69 games (63 starts) over four seasons in Baltimore.

Strop, who came to Baltimore from Texas in an August 2011 trade, was 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA in 25 appearances out of the Orioles' pen this season, and is 7-6 with a 4.14 ERA in 144 career appearances for the O's and Rangers.

Clevenger, 27, was 1-for-8 (.125) in eight games for the Cubs this year, and is a .199 career hitter in 79 games over three seasons. A catcher by trade, Clevenger has played third base in both of his appearances in the field this season, and also played a little bit at first base in 2012.

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