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Breaking News – Cubs Deal Marmol & Feldman in Separate Deals

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I mentioned in the morning news post that the Cubs were close on a deal to ship Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers. What I didn’t realize was that they were also close to another deal involving Scott Feldman. Here are the details on each from the Cubs media relations department.

The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Guerrier from the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed pitcher Carlos Marmol.  The Dodgers also acquired international signing bonus slot number four from the Cubs as part of the deal.  Guerrier is expected to report to the Cubs later this week.   

Guerrier, 34, has gone 25-33 with 112 holds, six saves and a 3.54 ERA (229 ER/582.1 IP) in 513 major league appearances, all but three in relief, in all or part of 10 seasons with the Minnesota Twins (2004-10) and Dodgers (2011-13).  He went 2-3 with three holds and a 4.80 ERA (16 ER/30.0 IP) in 34 relief outings with Los Angeles this season before being designated for assignment on Sunday.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Guerrier broke into the majors with the Twins in 2004 and had a breakout campaign in 2007 when he went 2-4 with 14 holds and a 2.35 ERA (23 ER/88.0 IP) in 73 appearances.  In 2009, he set career bests with 79 appearances and 33 holds, tied for most in the majors, while going 5-1 with a 2.36 ERA (20 ER/76.1 IP).  Guerrier signed a three-year contract with the Dodgers prior to the 2011 season.  He posted a 3.86 ERA (6 ER/14.0 IP) last season while limited to 16 outings due to right elbow tendinitis.

Marmol, 30, went 2-4 with two saves and a 5.86 ERA (18 ER/27.2 IP) in 31 relief appearances this season before being designated for assignment on June 25.  He struck out 32 and walked 21 batters in 27.2 innings pitched, an average of 10.4 strikeouts and 6.8 walks per nine innings.

The righthander originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on July 3, 1999.  Signed as a catcher, Marmol converted to a pitcher prior to the 2003 season and made his big league debut in 2006.  A National League All-Star in 2008 as a set-up man, Marmol holds the franchise mark with 82 career holds.  Marmol became the closer in late 2009 and compiled 117 saves, third most in team history.  Overall, he went 23-32 with a 3.50 ERA (211 ER/542.1 IP) in 483 appearances with the Cubs, 470 in relief.

And deal # 2 involving Feldman and Steve Clevenger is as follows:

The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop as well as two international signing bonus slots (slot numbers three and four) from the Baltimore Orioles for right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger.

Arrieta will be assigned to Triple-A Iowa while Strop is expected to report to the Cubs later this week.

Arrieta, 27, is 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA (217 ER/358.0 IP) in 69 major league appearances, all but six as a starting pitcher, in all or part of the last four seasons with Baltimore (2010-13). He was originally selected by the Orioles in the fifth round of the 2007 Draft and made his major league debut in 2010 at the age of 24. He was a 10-game winner for the Orioles in 2011, going 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA (67 ER/119.1 IP) in 22 starts. Arrieta has split the last two seasons (2012-13) between Baltimore and Triple-A Norfolk.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Arrieta 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 (19 ER/23.2 IP) in five starts. With Norfolk, Arrieta went 5-3 with a 4.41 ERA (24 ER/49.0 IP) in nine appearances (eight starts) this year.

Arrieta was drafted by the Orioles out of Texas Christian University and made his professional debut in 2008. A year later, he advanced as high as Triple-A, combining to go 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA (57 ER/150.2 IP) in 28 starts between Double-A Bowie and Norfolk. He began the 2010 campaign by going 6-2 with a 1.85 ERA (15 ER/73.0 IP) in 12 appearances (11 starts) with Norfolk to earn his first promotion to the big leagues.

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 (18 ER/66.1 IP) in 70 relief appearances, all single-season career bests. He tied for seventh in the American League in holds and limited opponents to a .283 slugging percentage, the sixth-lowest mark in the majors among pitchers who made at least 70 appearances.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Strop is 7-6 with three saves and a 4.14 ERA (59 ER/128.1 IP) in 144 major league relief appearances with Texas (2009-11) and Baltimore (2011-13). He missed time on the disabled list this year due to a lower back strain and has gone 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA (18 ER/22.1 IP) in 29 relief outings with Baltimore.

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. He combined to go 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA (5 ER/22.0 IP) in 23 relief appearances that season between Texas and Baltimore before his breakout campaign in 2012.

Feldman, 30, signed a one-year contract with the Cubs prior to the 2013 campaign and went 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA (35 ER/91.0 IP) in 15 starts this season. Overall, Feldman is 46-50 with a 4.66 ERA (424 ER/818.2 IP) in 219 major league games (116 starts) with Texas (2005-12) and the Cubs (2013).

Clevenger, 27, batted .125 (1-for-8) in eight games with the Cubs this season before straining his left oblique on April 13. He batted .327 (17-for-52) in 15 games with Iowa this year.

I’ll have more on my reactions to the trade in tomorrows edition of Yesterday’s News. In the meantime, discuss amongst yourselves and remember to click through to Jeremiah’s post, which now gets bumped from the top spot on the site due to the breaking news.

******UPDATE******

This minor deal came across the wire shortly after I posted this:

The Chicago Cubs today acquired two international signing bonus slots (slot numbers two and three) from the Houston Astros for minor league infielder Ronald Torreyes.

Torreyes was originally acquired by the Cubs with left-handed pitcher Travis Wood and outfielder Dave Sappelt from Cincinnati for left-handed pitcher Sean Marshall on December 23, 2011.  Torreyes batted .260 (58-for-223) with two home runs and 25 RBI in 64 games with Double-A Tennessee this season.

  • PLCB3

    Since when are signing slots allowed to be traded in MLB?

    • Michael Jimenez

      Since the last CBA – first year it’s in effect – but only for international slots.

  • AC0000000

    Since when are signing slots allowed to be traded in MLB?

    • Michael Jimenez

      Since the last CBA – first year it’s in effect – but only for international slots.

  • Seymour Butts

    50/50 chance of a trade before the deadline my white ass.

  • Seymour Butts

    50/50 chance of a trade before the deadline my white ass.

  • Chuck

    It appears that the Cubs brass is valuing those international signing bonus slots very highly. They have acquired a whole bunch of international signing leverage. I like it. You can get some good talent for relatively low amount of investment. Hopefully the international scouting department has it’s act together.

    • Seymour Butts

      They apparently have already signed a SS from Venezuela rated # 3, and are in talks with # 1 outfielder. Could be a quick loading of the farm.

      • Chuck

        Nice to see. The whole organization needs a talent infusion. The cupboard was pretty bare when Theo and Co took over. I think 2015 is the first reasonable chance they have to contend for the division considering how a lot of the older prospects (Vitters, Jackson, etc…) have fizzled.

      • As so long as we can snag the hefty Columbian 1B Dañel Vogelbañez, I’ll be happy with the international signings.

      • Seymour Butts

        Sad news, he’s off the market. He literally choked on a chicken

      • PLCB3

        I thought it was arepas he choked on

  • Chuck

    It appears that the Cubs brass is valuing those international signing bonus slots very highly. They have acquired a whole bunch of international signing leverage. I like it. You can get some good talent for relatively low amount of investment. Hopefully the international scouting department has it’s act together.

    • Seymour Butts

      They apparently have already signed a SS from Venezuela rated # 3, and are in talks with # 1 outfielder. Could be a quick loading of the farm.

      • Chuck

        Nice to see. The whole organization needs a talent infusion. The cupboard was pretty bare when Theo and Co took over. I think 2015 is the first reasonable chance they have to contend for the division considering how a lot of the older prospects (Vitters, Jackson, etc…) have fizzled.

      • As so long as we can snag the hefty Columbian 1B Dañel Vogelbañez, I’ll be happy with the international signings.

      • Seymour Butts

        Sad news, he’s off the market. He literally choked on a chicken

      • AC0000000

        I thought it was arepas he choked on

  • That got real in a hurry.

  • That got real in a hurry.

  • Jedi

    It’s so nice not to have Marmol’s name on the bullpen health report. Can we do something about Camp’s?

    • PLCB3

      Burn your eyes with acid

      • Seymour Butts

        That’s actually funny CAPS, nice work!

  • Jedi

    It’s so nice not to have Marmol’s name on the bullpen health report. Can we do something about Camp’s?

    • AC0000000

      Burn your eyes with acid

      • Seymour Butts

        That’s actually funny CAPS, nice work!

  • Sherm

    This just in. We still suck.
    Could have gotten more for Feldman.

    • Chuck

      I tend to agree. It did not seem like we got much. However, that international signing money may be important to get the top-of-the-line international prospects. Right now I give it an incomplete until I see how the international signings go.

      I thought we did good in regards to Marmol considering the front office had next to no leverage to work with. He was likely to be waived if the deal with the Dodgers did not happen. Then it would have cost the Dodgers nothing to pick him up.

    • shermrants are the best type.

    • cap’n Obvious

      SHERM! Please write us a song about this awesome 2013 team….

  • Sherm

    This just in. We still suck.
    Could have gotten more for Feldman.

    • Chuck

      I tend to agree. It did not seem like we got much. However, that international signing money may be important to get the top-of-the-line international prospects. Right now I give it an incomplete until I see how the international signings go.

      I thought we did good in regards to Marmol considering the front office had next to no leverage to work with. He was likely to be waived if the deal with the Dodgers did not happen. Then it would have cost the Dodgers nothing to pick him up.

    • shermrants are the best type.

    • cap’n Obvious

      SHERM! Please write us a song about this awesome 2013 team….

  • Bones

    If we sign #1,#2,#16 plus Mejia, it will be a great day. Feldman and Torreyes trades make this happen. It is great to have a front office that knows what they are doing.

    Don’t look now but if the bullpen is better next year ( it is already better than the start of the year ) we could be looking at an above .500 win team.

    It is a great time to be a Cub fan.

  • Bones

    If we sign #1,#2,#16 plus Mejia, it will be a great day. Feldman and Torreyes trades make this happen. It is great to have a front office that knows what they are doing.

    Don’t look now but if the bullpen is better next year ( it is already better than the start of the year ) we could be looking at an above .500 win team.

    It is a great time to be a Cub fan.

  • Bones

    @JesseSanchezMLB: Source: OF prospect Eloy Jimenez & fam decide on #Cubs but another team was in mix & offered more $$. Expect announcement in next few days.

    • Bones

      Total dominance today by the Cubs today!

      • Jedi

        Yes! Now if we could just have a few more days like this were we snag pitchers that no one wants – and likely aren’t MLBers – and 16-year-olds who may or may not be 16, but are definitely the best 16-year-olds playing right now…outside of this country…that can be legally signed.

      • PLCB3

        “Total dominance today by the Cubs today”

        Brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department

      • Seymour Butts

        …Division of Repetition.

  • Bones

    @JesseSanchezMLB: Source: OF prospect Eloy Jimenez & fam decide on #Cubs but another team was in mix & offered more $$. Expect announcement in next few days.

    • Bones

      Total dominance today by the Cubs today!

      • Jedi

        Yes! Now if we could just have a few more days like this were we snag pitchers that no one wants – and likely aren’t MLBers – and 16-year-olds who may or may not be 16, but are definitely the best 16-year-olds playing right now…outside of this country…that can be legally signed.

      • AC0000000

        “Total dominance today by the Cubs today”

        Brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department

      • Seymour Butts

        …Division of Repetition.

  • mastrick

    Well you have to give Tightwad Tom/Theo and the Cheapsters credit, they *do* know how to trade good players (Marmol notwithstanding.) Look for the two decent outfielders to go next – we have a 20 year rebuilding program that moronic Cubs fans have bought into. Will I live to see a decent Cubs team in 2033? If the Cubs drop WGN or move out of Wrigley I’ll root against then in every game.

    • Bones

      Seems like you already do. I hear the White Sox are looking for people to root for them.

      • mastrick

        Would never root for the Chisox, my American league team is the Indians. But this Cubs ownership and management is less than bad, they are horrible!

      • Dusty Baylor

        You do realize that Feldman, who is pitching well this season, has a career ERA of 4.66, and has put up a 5+ ERA 4 times in his career? So they also traded…Clevenger? Who are you complaining about losing? If Arrieta does anything, and the Cubs can sign another prospect or two with the $$ they got in trade, then this is a win.

      • Sherm

        You made your own point. Feldman in PITCHING WELL THIS SEASON. There is a dearth of starting pitching available and in the “what have you done for anybody lately” column? Feldman could have brought a little more in return.

      • Dusty Baylor

        So a blind squirrel finds a nut.
        Arrieta was a solid prospect, and might have just needed a change of scenery. For a career 5th starter type, what did you expect?

      • Sherm

        Not sure I understand THAT analogy. So, you are comparing a 7 – 6 record on one of baseball’s weaker teams to a lucky rodent? One complete game, a decent e.r.a. in this day and age – and that makes you think of a blind squirrel finding a nut? He’s just lucky – that’s how he’s won 7 games this year? Blind good fortune? It’s just my opinion, mind you? But that’s ridiculous. I think you underestimate how hard it is to play at the major league level. Ask Raker. He’s damn near semi-semi-semi-pro caliber.

        To answer your question, though – what did I expect? More than was returned. That’s what I said in my first post. Baltimore really NEEDS pitching…use that need to get a little more…whatever that is. I didn’t expect a superstar, but understanding the other teams needs is a big part of that. I don’t think rebuilding is synonymous with giving players away – it’s the sensible reconstruction of an organization. Hopefully, they have that in mind…

      • Dusty Baylor

        Well I’ll try again….Feldman isn’t that good. He’s having a nice year, pitching in the NL Central. He get to go to the AL East, a much tougher division. He has been at best a slightly below average 5th starter for his career. To think that he’s suddenly worth more than a bullpen arm, and a once high-level prospect needing a change of scenery? Seriously? To think that he’s suddenly a much better pitcher than he has shown over the first 6 seasons of his career?
        Sherm, you’re missing my point. I think he’s pitched very well this year. But I don’t think Feldman is suddenly something he’s not. He’s a 5th starter type, and that’s about it.
        I’ve never commented on hard it is to play baseball at the major league level, but I’m commenting in the context of, for a major league pitcher, he has been slightly below average for his career.

  • mastrick

    Well you have to give Tightwad Tom/Theo and the Cheapsters credit, they *do* know how to trade good players (Marmol notwithstanding.) Look for the two decent outfielders to go next – we have a 20 year rebuilding program that moronic Cubs fans have bought into. Will I live to see a decent Cubs team in 2033? If the Cubs drop WGN or move out of Wrigley I’ll root against then in every game.

    • Bones

      Seems like you already do. I hear the White Sox are looking for people to root for them.

      • mastrick

        Would never root for the Chisox, my American league team is the Indians. But this Cubs ownership and management is less than bad, they are horrible!

      • Dusty Baylor

        You do realize that Feldman, who is pitching well this season, has a career ERA of 4.66, and has put up a 5+ ERA 4 times in his career? So they also traded…Clevenger? Who are you complaining about losing? If Arrieta does anything, and the Cubs can sign another prospect or two with the $$ they got in trade, then this is a win.

      • Sherm

        You made your own point. Feldman in PITCHING WELL THIS SEASON. There is a dearth of starting pitching available and in the “what have you done for anybody lately” column? Feldman could have brought a little more in return.

      • Dusty Baylor

        So a blind squirrel finds a nut.
        Arrieta was a solid prospect, and might have just needed a change of scenery. For a career 5th starter type, what did you expect?

      • Sherm

        Not sure I understand THAT analogy. So, you are comparing a 7 – 6 record on one of baseball’s weaker teams to a lucky rodent? One complete game, a decent e.r.a. in this day and age – and that makes you think of a blind squirrel finding a nut? He’s just lucky – that’s how he’s won 7 games this year? Blind good fortune? It’s just my opinion, mind you? But that’s ridiculous. I think you underestimate how hard it is to play at the major league level. Ask Raker. He’s damn near semi-semi-semi-pro caliber.

        To answer your question, though – what did I expect? More than was returned. That’s what I said in my first post. Baltimore really NEEDS pitching…use that need to get a little more…whatever that is. I didn’t expect a superstar, but understanding the other teams needs is a big part of that. I don’t think rebuilding is synonymous with giving players away – it’s the sensible reconstruction of an organization. Hopefully, they have that in mind…

      • Dusty Baylor

        Well I’ll try again….Feldman isn’t that good. He’s having a nice year, pitching in the NL Central. He get to go to the AL East, a much tougher division. He has been at best a slightly below average 5th starter for his career. To think that he’s suddenly worth more than a bullpen arm, and a once high-level prospect needing a change of scenery? Seriously? To think that he’s suddenly a much better pitcher than he has shown over the first 6 seasons of his career?
        Sherm, you’re missing my point. I think he’s pitched very well this year. But I don’t think Feldman is suddenly something he’s not. He’s a 5th starter type, and that’s about it.
        I’ve never commented on hard it is to play baseball at the major league level, but I’m commenting in the context of, for a major league pitcher, he has been slightly below average for his career.

  • Doug S.

    That we got something with a pulse for Marmol is a huge compliment to management.

  • Doug S.

    That we got something with a pulse for Marmol is a huge compliment to management.

  • Doc Raker

    It is obvious Thed has a plan and has been doing some homework. The Cubs will contend at some point in my unborn grandchildren’s life time.

  • Doc Raker

    It is obvious Thed has a plan and has been doing some homework. The Cubs will contend at some point in my unborn grandchildren’s life time.