Dylan Bundy’s time with the Orioles could be coming to an end. The right-handed pitcher, whom the O’s drafted fourth overall in 2011, has two seasons of team control remaining, but reports from last week indicate that the club is looking to trade the 27-year-old.
It’s a decision that makes sense, even for the pitching-starved Birds. Bundy has been a steady contributor to a rotation that has, otherwise, lacked consistency. But he has fallen short of his sky-high expectations as a prospect and could benefit from a change of scenery. A deal here could be a “win” for all involved.
Of course, Orioles GM Mike Elias isn’t going to let Bundy go for peanuts. After all, he is still one of the team’s better pitchers, and while the O’s aren’t exactly looking to compete in 2020, they still need to survive the season. So, what could a swap of Bundy land the Orioles in return?
First, let’s establish what Bundy’s value is on the field. As mentioned before, he has been steady. Not great. Not a disaster. Steady. Over parts of five seasons (2012, 2016-2019) the Oklahoma native has tossed 614.1 innings over 127 games (103 starts) and compiled a 4.67 ERA in the process….