Originally Posted by Tom Servo
Feldman has some value, but unless they were able to find a Bill Bavasi (who thankfully doesn't have any sort of final say with the Reds) or Bill Smith who give up major league ready talent for middling major league talent, the best the Cubs could have gotten was maybe one decent prospect. I think if you are a team in the position like the Cubs are now, you stock up on the Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop's of the baseball world and hope something pans out.
Why do you want Pedro Strops or Jake Arrieta's though? They are essentially replacement level players. Wouldn't you prefer to have a guy or two who could pan out to be better than that? I am not saying there is literally no chance Strop or Arrieta improve, but there is a better chance that a B level prospect would have done more for the Cubs going forward than either of these guys.
Feldman had a FIP under 4 each of the past three years including an ERA under 4 in two of those years. This year's 3.46 ERA, 3.93 FIP and 3.89 xFIP had to look attractive to several contenders. If no one was willing to give a B level prospect now, the Cubs could have waited another month to see if a contender gets desperate and pulls a Bavasi.