We all knew that the Orioles needed help in the starting pitching department, and Dan Duquette made a deal to help alleviate that problem.
Despite inconsistent starting pitching this season, the Orioles entered Tuesday with a 47-36 record. Baltimore's starting pitchers have posted a 4.79 ERA this season, the third-highest mark in the American League.
Feldman, 30, is 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts this season with the Cubs. Prior to signing with the Cubs this past offseason, the right-hander spent the previous eight years with the Texas Rangers and was a 17-game winner in 2009.
Feldman was scheduled to start for the Cubs against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Strop, 28, has struggled this season, going 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA in 29 relief appearances. The hard-throwing right-hander was Baltimore's primary setup man last season, when he posted a 2.44 ERA in 70 games.
Once considered a top prospect, the 27-year-old Arrieta went 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA in five starts this season. The right-hander owns a 5.46 ERA in 69 games — 63 starts — over parts of four seasons with Baltimore.
Strop and Arrieta perhaps just need a change of scenery to get their careers back on a track and the Orioles get a starter bolster a rotation that has been in need of a anchor. The problems that Strop and Arrieta have had in Baltimore are well-documented.
I'm not sure if I would consider Feldman an ace by any means; however, he strengthens the rotation and gives Baltimore a reliable starter.