Oh yes, I completely forgot about how the trading process effects the qualifying offer. Scott Feldman is no longer eligible for draft pick compensation. I still think DD made the right move to acquire Feldman. I'm confident that Jake Arrieta
was never going to be able to succeed in Baltimore. Pedro Strop has been a mess ever since August 2012. They may have never used their extreme talents to their fullest extent playing for the Orioles. This is the only trade I approved of in 2013. Feldman is a good middle of the rotation pitcher that will be a free agent after the season; Baltimore will need to acquire a couple starting pitchers. I hope the Orioles could give him a two year contract, but pay him for the pitcher that is in between his 2012 & 2013 years, because that is what he probably is IMO.
Nate McLouth has been a solid player, concluding what has been a solid tenure with the Orioles, concluding what has turned out to be a solid bargain price. Unfortunately, Nate McLouth is no more than a highly respectable fourth outfielder. Nate plays only average defense, can't hit LHP, and forgot that what makes him a productive player is his base-running value. McLouth completely rid of his stealing ability from his repertoire after the first half. Before the all-star break, McLouth earned twenty net steals; he would only earn three more net steals the rest of the year. Nate McLouth is lucky he is on the more useful side of a platoon, but should probably still be the fourth outfielder on a good team at the beginning of the year. If Baltimore would extend a qualifying offer to McLouth, he'd accept it in a heartbeat, because $14MM for one year is more than he will get on the free agent market in two years.
As for Jason Hammel, Baltimore got lucky that he had the kind of year that he did in 2012. It was an abnormality. Up to 2012, Hammel's best H/9, HR/9, and K/9
had been 9.2, 0.9, and 7.1, respectably. In 2012, those numbers jumped to 7.9, 0.7, and 8.6. 2013 is a much better indicator of what kind of pitcher Hammel is. He's a 5th starter. He will not be extended a qualifying offer, as $14MM is much more than he should recieive.