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Chicago Cubs Plans Before the Trade Deadline

The Chicago Cubs are destined to be sellers this month as they have many assets to deal to contending teams. Chicago started dealing Tuesday when they traded Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Orioles. The O's got a mid-rotation starter with the move and didn't have to part with any top prospects in the deal. They did have to part with two reclamation projects Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop however.

The Orioles are winners since they got the mid-rotation starter they were looking for and has post season experience. Feldman's contract is affordable as he signed a 6.5 million dollar deal in the off-season so it seemed he was an asset they could trade at the deadline. The Orioles also picked up Steve Clevenger who fell out of favor after rehab with his injury did not go as planned according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. Overall the Orioles did a solid job on the trade as they assessed needs and kept their prospects as Strop and Arrieta fell out of favor with the organization.

The Cubs side of the trade gives them a young bullpen arm who already has had success at the major league level as Strop had 5-2 with a 2.44 ERA in 2012. Strop will replace Carlos Marmol in the bullpen after he was traded to the Dodgers the same day for Matt Guerrier. Strop has had some control issues this season and the Cubs hope he can return to his 2012 form and pair with James Russell and Kevin Gregg in their bullpen. The real prize could prove to be Jake Arrieta, who three years ago was a top pitching prospect in the Orioles system. However, he hasn't translated that into big league success as his earned run average each season has been over 5.00.

Moving Forward: The Cubs are fielding offers on multiple players such as Kevin Gregg, Nate Schierholtz and Matt Garza. Garza has been dominant over his past four outings, Posting a 3-0 with a no decision mixed in. Garza has pitched 30 innings while only giving up three runs and striking out 28 over those 30 innings. It seems to be a common theme that the Cubs should expect a healthy package from a team as its been reported at least seven teams are involved with Garza. Joe Stiglich gives us his perspective on Garza's most recent start and his impressive run over his last four starts even telling us the Boston Red Sox had a scout in attendance. Last year at this time the Cubs were trying to trade Garza, unfortunately he sustained an injury and had to miss the rest of the season. This year the Cubs probably will trade him earlier as they don’t have to deal with another starter being dealt before the deadline.

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