The Baltimore Orioles acquired Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs to bolster a starting rotation that has allowed more earned runs than any other in Major League Baseball this season.
Baltimore traded starting pitcher Jake Arrieta and reliever Pedro Strop to Chicago to acquire the 30-year-old Feldman, who is scheduled make his Orioles debut tonight against the Chicago White Sox, the team said in a release on its website.
Orioles starting pitchers have allowed 255 earned runs, the most in the major leagues this season. They also have allowed 84 home runs, 13 more than the next closest starting rotation. Baltimore, which has not advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs in 16 seasons, is 47-37 and in second place in the American League East.
Feldman, 30, is 7-6 with a 3.46 earned-run average in 15 starts this season. He set career highs with 17 wins, 31 starts and 189 2/3 innings pitched in 2009 as a member of the Texas Rangers, and pitched in five games out of the bullpen during the 2011 World Series. His seven wins led all Cubs pitchers.
Baltimore also received third-year catcher Steve Clevenger in the deal and parted with a pair of international-signing bonus slots worth $338,100, according to MLB.com. Clevenger, a 27-year-old Baltimore native, was optioned to the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk, Virginia.
A 10-game winner in 2011, the 27-year-old Arrieta will be assigned to Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate in Iowa, the Cubs said in a release. Strop, who is 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA, will join the MLB team this week.
Yesterday the Cubs also traded All-Star reliever Carlos Marmol to the Los Angeles Dodgers for relief pitcher Matt Guerrier.