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Cubs acquire RHP Arrieta, RHP Strop from Baltimore

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The Cubs today acquired right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop as well as two international signing bonus slots (slot numbers three and four) from the Baltimore Orioles for right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger.

Arrieta will be assigned to Triple-A Iowa while Strop is expected to report to the Cubs later this week.

Arrieta, 27, is a former top prospect with front-of-the-rotation stuff, but he’s yet to put everything together at he major league level. In parts of four seasons with Baltimore, he’s 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA in 69 appearances, all but six as a starting pitcher. He was originally selected by the Orioles in the fifth round of the 2007 Draft and made his major league debut in 2010 at the age of 24. He was a 10-game winner for the Orioles in 2011, going 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 22 starts.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Arrieta, whose fastball averages in the low- to mid-90s, was a member of Baltimore’s 2013 Opening Day roster and has had three stints with the big league club this season, going 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA in five starts. With Norfolk, Arrieta went 5-3 with a 4.41 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts).

Arrieta was drafted by the Orioles out of Texas Christian University and made his professional debut in 2008. A year later, he advanced as high as Triple-A, combining to go 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA in 28 starts between Double-A Bowie and Norfolk. He began the 2010 campaign by going 6-2 with a 1.85 ERA in 12 appearances (11 starts) with Norfolk to earn his first promotion to the big leagues.

Strop, 28, has struggled so far this season, but served as one of Baltimore’s primary set-up men last season, going 5-2 with three saves, 24 holds and a 2.44 ERA in 70 relief appearances. He tied for seventh in the American League in holds and limited opponents to a .283 slugging percentage, the sixth-lowest mark in the majors among pitchers who made at least 70 appearances.

The 6-foot, 175-pounder is 7-6 with three saves and a 4.14 ERA in 144 major league relief appearances with Texas (2009-11) and Baltimore (2011-13). He missed time on the disabled list this year due to a lower back strain and has gone 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA in 29 relief outings.

Feldman, 30, signed a one-year contract with the Cubs prior to the 2013 campaign and went 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA (35 ER/91.0 IP) in 15 starts this season. Overall, Feldman is 46-50 with a 4.66 ERA (424 ER/818.2 IP) in 219 major league games (116 starts) with Texas and the Cubs. Left-hander Chris Rusin (7-7, 3.27 ERA at Iowa) will pitch tonight for the Cubs in place of Feldman.

Clevenger, 27, batted .125 (1-for-8) in eight games with the Cubs this season before straining his left oblique on April 13.  He batted .327 (17-for-52) in 15 games with Iowa this year.

Cubs designate RHP Marmol for assignment, call up OF Bogusevic

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The Cubs designated right-handed reliever Carlos Marmol for assignment Tuesday and selected the contract of outfielder Brian Bogusevic from Triple-A Iowa.

The 30-year-old Marmol was 2-4 with a pair of saves and a 5.86 ERA in 27.2 innings this season. He fanned 32 hitters and walked 21.

An NL All-Star in 2008, Marmol is the franchise leader in holds with 82, and his 117 saves are third-best in Cubs history. For his career, he is 23-32 with a 3.50 ERA over 542.1 innings.

Bogusevic, a 29-year-old outfielder, joins the Cubs after hitting .319/.418/.512 with 10 homers, 14 doubles, 16 stolen bases and 32 RBI at Triple-A Iowa this year. The Oak Lawn, Ill., native spent all or part of the last three seasons with the Astros, including 146 games with the major league club last year, when he hit .203 with seven homers and nine doubles to go along with 28 RBI.

This past offseason, Bogusevic signed a minor league contract with the Cubs that included an invite to big league Spring Training.  He batted .410 (16-for-39) with a .452 on-base percentage, a .692 slugging percentage and a 1.144 OPS before becoming one of the final cuts of the spring.

Cubs acquire RHP Alex Burnett off waivers

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The Cubs claimed right-hander Alex Burnett off waivers from the Orioles Monday afternoon.

The 25-year-old reliever had his finest season last year, going 4-4 with a 3.52 ERA and 10 holds in 67 relief appearances for the Twins. Prior to the All-Star break he had a 2.49 ERA, fourth among AL relievers. During the spring, the former 12th round pick of the 2005 draft was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays before being designated for assignment and signing on with Baltimore on April 12.

Burnett is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings in Triple-A this season. He is currently on the Cubs’ 25-man roster.

Cubs sign RHP Scott Feldman

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The Cubs agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman on a one-year deal Tuesday. The agreement is thought to be worth $6 million with another $1 million in potential incentives, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.

The 29-year-old has spent eight seasons with the Rangers and has a 39-44 career record with a 4.81 ERA in 204 appearances, 101 as a starter. In 2009, he went 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 31 starts.

“The Cubs were like a dream scenario for me,” said Feldman in a conference call. “Getting to play for an organization with that type of history and a city like Chicago with great fans, I think it’s going to be a good situation.”

The 6-foot-7 sinkerballer missed the first half of the 2011 season recovering from knee surgery. He rejoined the Rangers after the All-Star Break and went 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA, mostly in relief. He also was 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA in nine postseason appearances that season. In 2012, Feldman went 6-11 with a 5.09 ERA (70 ER/123.2 IP) in 29 outings (21 starts).

Feldman was selected in the 30th round of the 2003 draft and made his Rangers debut two seasons later.

Cubs get reliever Bowden from Red Sox for Byrd

The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden and a player to be named from the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations.

Bowden, 25, began the 2012 season on Boston’s Opening Day roster, posting no record and a 3.00 ERA (1 ER/3.0 IP) in two relief appearances before being designated for assignment on April 15. He has a 3.91 ERA (10 ER/23.0 IP) in 16 major league appearances since the start of the 2011 season. Bowden is a 2005 graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Ill.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-hander split the last three seasons between Boston and Triple-A Pawtucket, where he spent the majority of the 2011 season as Pawtucket’s closer. Bowden went 3-3 with 16 saves and a 2.73 ERA (16 ER/52.2 IP) in 41 relief outings in Triple-A last year, striking out 61 and walking only 18 in 52.2 innings. He converted 16-of-17 save chances and limited opponents to a .218 batting average (43-for-197).

Originally selected by the Red Sox in the supplemental round (47th overall) of the 2005 Draft, Bowden has pitched parts of the last five seasons in the majors with the Red Sox, going 2-2 with a 5.61 ERA (37 ER/59.1 IP) in 39 appearances, all but two in relief.

Byrd, 34, is batting .075 (3-for-43) with two RBI in 13 games with the Cubs this season, his third since signing a three-year contract with the club prior to the 2010 campaign. Byrd was named a National League All-Star in his first season with the Cubs, batting .293 (170-for-580) in 152 games in 2010. He hit .276 (123-for-446) in 119 games with the Cubs last year.

Cubs place Wood on DL, recall Maine from Triple-A Iowa

Chicago – The Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Kerry Wood on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 14) with right shoulder fatigue and recalled left-handed pitcher Scott Maine from Triple-A Iowa.

Maine, 27, is 1-0 with one save and a 1.42 ERA (1 ER/6.1 IP) in five relief appearances at Iowa this season. He made his major league debut in 2010 and has a 4.95 ERA (11 ER/20.0 IP) in 20 major league relief appearances over the last two seasons with the Cubs.

At Triple-A Iowa last year, Maine went 3-4 with 12 saves and a 3.68 ERA in 38 relief outings (51.1 innings). He struck out 72 batters and walked only 25.

Wood is 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA (3 ER/2.1 IP) in four relief appearances this season. He last pitched on April 13 in St. Louis, retiring the lone batter he faced.

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