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Trades no surprise as Cubs look to future

July, 2, 2013
7/02/13
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By Joe Stiglich
Special to ESPNChicago.com
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OAKLAND, Calif. – The Chicago Cubs got the ball rolling Tuesday with a flurry of trades aimed at the future, and surely they’ll be dealing away more veteran pieces as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.

Before Tuesday’s series opener against the Oakland Athletics, manager Dale Sveum tried focusing on the potential upside of the players Chicago received in multiple deals that essentially kicked off Major League Baseball’s trading season.

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Kim Klement/US PresswireThe Cubs hope Jake Arrieta can fulfill his promise in Chicago.
In their biggest move of the day, the Cubs shipped right-handed starter Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for right-hander Jake Arrieta, reliever Pedro Strop and $388,100 in international bonus pool money.

They also sent reliever Carlos Marmol and a sizable chunk of international bonus money to the Los Angeles Dodgers for reliever Matt Guerrier and dealt minor league second baseman Ronald Torreyes to the Houston Astros in exchange for $784,700 in bonus money.

It’s expected that Matt Garza, another rotation cornerstone, and closer Kevin Gregg could also be traded away soon.

Sveum was asked if it was demoralizing to see his team officially go into “sell mode.”

“I wouldn’t say it’s tough, because you know it’s got a chance of happening,” Sveum said. “To get an arm like Arrieta, that kind of athleticism and body … the ability to get a ball to 97 miles per hour but have a 91 mile per hour slider, it’s [the kind of guy you’re] trying to get in the organization.”

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jake Arrieta
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.65 157 149
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 31
RBIA. Rizzo 74
RA. Rizzo 86
OPSA. Rizzo .895
ERAT. Wood 4.86
SOJ. Arrieta 157