OAKLAND (MCT) – The Cubs began their sell-off Tuesday, sending Scott Feldman and minor league catcher Steve Clevenger to Baltimore for a pair of pitchers and international bonus money.
They also finalized the Carlos Marmol deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, trading the reliever and the No. 4 international signing bonus slot and getting back 34-year-old reliever Matt Guerrier.
The Cubs received Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop from the Orioles. Arrieta will report to Triple-A Iowa.
"We feel like getting him acclimated, we'll start him off there, and from that point I'm not sure [of] a time frame or what happens," general manager Jed Hoyer said of Arrieta. "Kind of get him comfortable and have him pitching in the same environment that he was pitching in Baltimore."
Strop and Guerrier will report to the Cubs on Wednesday, when two more roster moves will be announced.
Overall, the Cubs will net $963,000 in international bonus pool money to spend on signings, which Hoyer said was one of the keys to the deals.
"This is an international class our scouts really like," Hoyer said. "We felt like it was very deep. We really like some of the impact talent in this year's class, and the additional dollars can help us be aggressive in the international market."
The Cubs have signed 16-year-old Venezuelan shortstop Gleyber Torres, considered one of the top prospects from that country, for $1.7 million.
"We're hopeful we can add a number of those guys," Hoyer said.
Feldman was scheduled to start Tuesday's game against the A's in Oakland. He's 7-6 with a 3.46 earned-run average. Clevenger was rehabbing from a lat injury incurred early in April, and he was optioned to Triple-A Iowa last week.
Arrieta, 27, was 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA in five starts this season and 20-25 lifetime with a 5.46 ERA. Strop, a reliever, was 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA in 29 games, and 7-6 over his career with Texas and Baltimore with a 4.14 ERA.
Guerrier, who was designated for assignment in the final year of a 3-year, $12 million deal, is 25-33 with a 3.54 ERA over his career with the Dodgers and Twins. He was 2-3 with a 4.80 ERA this season. The Cubs will use him to try and plug their hole in middle relief.
Hoyer said the Cubs made a "significant" savings on the remaining $4.9 million on Marmol's contract, but a source said it's not close to the $2 million that was reported. Guerrier has around $1.8 million left on his deal.
• The Cubs signed Feldman,30, in November after he spent eight seasons with Rangers. he went 7-6 with 3.46 ERA this season.