Let The Fire Sale Begin

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The Chicago Cubs kicked off the MLB trade fireworks as they traded Scott Feldman, and Carlos Marmol today. Feldman was dealt along with Steve Clevenger to the Baltimore Orioles for Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and two international bonus slots. After the struggling the past couple of years with the Texas Rangers, Feldman was enjoying a bounce back year going 7-6 with a 3.46era. The Cubs felt it was time to strike after signing Feldman to a one year deal this past offseason. Cubs get back a former prospect in the Orioles system in Jake Arrieta. Jake has never put it together since being back and forth from the minors to the major leagues since 2010. He has a career 5.46 era with a 20-25 record.  A change of scenery maybe what Arrieta needs to get his career on track. Also a positive for the Cubs is Arrieta isn’t eligble for free agency until the 2017 season. So the North-siders will get a long look at him, and see if he can maybe become a back of the end of the rotation pitcher for them. Pedro Strop had a great year last year, and was a reliable reliever for the Orioles  going 5-2 with 58strikeouts and posting a 2.44era in 70 appearances. This year the 28yr old Dominican has struggled with a 7.25era with 24strikeouts in 29appearances. Strop will certainly have a role in the Cubs bullpen for the remainder of the year especially after they get rid of Kevin Gregg in a couple of weeks. Cubs also waved so long to Carlos Marmol today trading him to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Matt Guerrier. Marmol has struggled the last couple of years and his time has worn out in Chicago. He was once a dominant pitcher for the Cubs saving 38games and recording a career high 138 strikeouts with a 2.55era in 2010. Since then, and inking a 3yr 21million contract extension back in 2011 Marmol has been awful. He couldn’t save a baby from a burning building, let alone save any games for the Chicago Cubs now. He gets a fresh start to prove himself again. Matt Guerrier comes to the Cubs looking for a fresh start as well after struggling with the Dodgers this year with a 4.80era. Arrieta and Strop maybe the prize posessions in this trade. Cubs must rebuild their confidence and see if they can get anything out of them. You can expect some more deals from the Cubs leading up to the trade deadline July 31st.

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