The trade, first reported by ESPN’s Keith Law is as followed:
Feldman has been having a solid season for the Cubbies, posting a 3.46 ERA and 67/25 K/BB ratio over 91 innings this season but was scheduled to become a free agent at season end. The Cubs weren’t expected to retain Feldman, so they attempted to get some pieces while they could.
As for those pieces, Arrietta was a one time promising starting pitcher who hasn’t exactly put it together in the Majors. Still, at just 27, a move to the National League could be just what he needed to get his career back on track. Strop on the other hand is a 28 year old reliever who appeared in 70 games for the O’s last year and posted a 2.44 ERA in the process. It’s been a bit of a rough go for him this year, but it’s a pretty solid trade for both sides as the Cubs pick up some younger talent with promise while the O’s solidify their starting rotation for a playoff run.