BOSTON -- The trade that sent Scott Feldman and a minor league catcher to Baltimore Orioles Tuesday afternoon in exchange for Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop marked the first significant pitcher to change teams as the trade deadline creeps closer, but according to an industry source, the Red Sox never showed much interest in landing Feldman.
Feldman, 30, was 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts for the Cubs and is viewed as a competent back-end starter.
The Red Sox, according to a source, are relatively happy with their rotation as it stands, even with the uncertainy facing Clay Buchholz (shoulder inflammation).
Had the Cubs waited until closer to the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline and the Sox were hit with some attrition issues to the back end of the rotation, they might have shown more interest.
But for now, the Sox have four healthy and established starters -- Jon Lester, John Lackey, Ryan Dempster and Felix Doubront -- along with depth pieces in Allen Webster and Alfredo Aceves.