Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 7/2/13
  The Baltimore Orioles needed to strengthen their pitching staff to give a boost to their postseason ambitions, and the Chicago Cubs, well they’re terrible so they can afford to move some of their major-league assets. Consider the non-waiver trading season under way. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs have traded right-hander Scott Feldman and catcher/infielder Steve Clevengerto the Orioles in exchange for right-handers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop and international-signing money. The key to the deal is the 30-year-old Feldman, who this season has pitched to a 3.46 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 2.68 K/BB ratio across 15 starts for the Cubs. Clevenger, meanwhile, has batted .327/.426/.596 in 15 games for Triple-A Iowa and is 1-for-8 for the Cubs this season. For his career, Clevenger is a .199/.262/.275 hitter in 79 major-league games. The 27-year-old is a Baltimore native. On the Cubs’ side of things, Arrieta, 27, has a 7.23 ERA in five starts for the Orioles this season and a 5...
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