Scott Feldman is a 30-year-old, 6’7″, Hawaiian-born Jewish righthander with a three-quarters deliver. He was good for the Cubs in the first half, posting a 3.46 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He was bad with Texas before that (4.81, 1.42). Oh, and he punched a guy in the armpit once.
All he cost the O’s is Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop, owners of ERAs above 7. They have good stuff, though, so maybe they turn it around in Chicago. I kinda hope they do.
The Cubs also got some international bonus pool spending money, and the O’s also got Steve Clevenger, a 25-year-old backup catcher who went to high school in Baltimore and hit the ball well in the minors. So there’s that.
Towards the end of the spring training in 2006, Feldman was feeling confident that he was going to make the parent club’s 25-man roster. A week before opening day he was called into Manager Buck Showalter’s office. But instead of telling Feldman he had made the team, for the first 10 minutes Showalter and the team’s pitching coach Mark Connor spoke on and on about how Feldman had had a solid spring training — but needed to work on some things. Feldman couldn’t believe it but eventually thought, “Holy smoke, I’m going down [to the minors].” Suddenly, unable to continue the prank any longer, Showalter burst out laughing: “Pack your bags, rookie, you’re coming with us!”
If he’s okay by Fangraphs, and he’s okay by Buck, then he’s okay by me. Onward, O’s. When they get Wei-Yin Chen back they actually have a decent rotation here.