Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun
July 27, 2013
2013 statistics: 12-12, 3.86 ERA in 30 total starts; 5-6, 4.27 ERA in 15 starts for the Orioles
Skinny: The Orioles dealt right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop to the Chicago Cubs on July 2 for Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger. That's an abundance of pitching talent to give away for a three-month rental, but the Orioles were hoping Feldman would join the club, fit in quickly and decide he wanted to stay in Baltimore. That still could happen, though Feldman may be in line for a lot of money in a thin pitching market. If a contender offers him three guaranteed years -- something the Orioles probably won't do -- he'll likely pitch elsewhere.
Connolly's take: He's the guy in this group the Orioles most want to retain. And he genuinely enjoyed Baltimore. But it'll come down to whether another club blows away the Orioles' offer, and there's a real potential that could happen.