A lot of Orioles fans have been waiting for the day when they could bid relief pitcher Pedro Strop a fond farewell.
Today is that day.
Baltimore sent Strop and starting pitcher Jake Arrieta to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday in exchange for right-hander Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger.
The likely plan is for Feldman to assume a spot in the Orioles' rotation, and Clevenger, a Baltimore native who attended Mount St. Joseph, to report to Class AAA Norfolk as a backup.
Feldman, 30, is a nine-year veteran with a 46-50 career record. He was 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts for the Cubs this season. In 2009, Feldman went 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in Texas.
Clevenger, 27, was 1 for 8 in eight games with Chicago this year as a backup. He's appeared in 79 in the majors over the last three seasons.
Strop has had a rough start to this season, with an 0-3 record and a 7.25 ERA in 29 games and a run of poor performances in pressure situations out of the bullpen.
Meanwhile, Arrieta (1-2, 7.33 ERA in five starts) found himself demoted to Norfolk in late May. He made a spot start June 17 in Detroit and got roughed up by the Tigers, allowing five runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Arrieta, 27, is 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA in 69 major-league games.
NOTE: The Orioles activated outfielder Nolan Reimold from the 15-day disabled list. He's been out since May 12 with a hamstring injury.