Los Angeles Angels right-hander Dylan Bundy has drawn trade interest from the Twins, White Sox, and Braves, per MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter).
After an up-and-down career in Baltimore, Bundy has put together a solid stretch for the Angels here in 2020 to make himself an intriguing trade target. Through six starts in Los Angeles, Bundy is 3-2 with a 2.58 ERA/3.08 FIP and gaudy 5.50 K/BB ratio. Bundy takes the hill tonight for the seventh time this season in what could be his final start in Los Angeles.
If the Angels are believers in Bundy’s progress this year, their chances of contending in 2021 would take a hit by sending him out of town. As much as the Angels have struggled to sign and develop pitching, however, Bundy has just one more season of control remaining. GM Billy Eppler may see an opportunity here to fleece a market shy on sellers and to re-stock their development pool. The Angels gave up four minor-league arms to acquire Bundy, so the price figures to be high. Still, with as much promise as Bundy showed as a prospect, he owned just a 4.67 ERA/4.75 FIP coming into this season, and the Angels could look to sell high on the 27-year-old.
In terms of their suitors, the Twins, White Sox, and Braves are all jockeying for playoff position and could use an additional rotation arm. The Braves have seen their once-strong depth depleted this season and suddenly find themselves lacking certainty in the rotation after Max Fried. Ian Anderson had a strong debut, but he’s just one start into his big-league career. They’d probably prefer to move Josh Tomlin back into a swing role, and Robbie Erlin’s overall numbers aren’t all that encouraging (6.14 ERA in three starts with the Braves).
The White Sox are known to be scouring the league for an additional rotation contributor. Lance Lynn and Robbie Ray are said to be on their list of potential targets. Chicago has a whole host of options for the back end of their rotation, but none of Reynaldo Lopez, Carlos Rodon, or Gio Gonzalez have been able to muster the health and consistency that the Pale Hose seek. Dane Dunning has looked good thus far, but the White Sox remain likely to land a starter sometime before the deadline.
The Twins reportedly reached out to the Reds about Trevor Bauer but were rebuffed. The Twinkies have stumbled of late, falling behind the upstart White Sox in the AL Central standings. Kenta Maeda and Randy Dobnak have been solid at the front of the rotation, though there’s at least a bit of smoke-and-mirrors behind Dobnak’s sterling 1.78 ERA. Rich Hill and José Berríos occupy two other rotation spots, but the fifth spot is currently up-for-grabs now that Homer Bailey and Jake Odorizzi have both landed on the injured list. In terms of targets, the Angels might be interested in prospects Jordan Balazovic and Jhoan Duran, per MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. More than likely the Angels would be targeting pitching in any potential return for Bundy.
I see the Braves getting him.
@Red Eye- Really why? I can’t believe I’m actually saying this but I feel Lance Lynn is actually a lot better then Dylan Bundy. Yikes!
Not sure why such negativity from Yankees fans with Lynn. Be wasn’t great but he wasn’t bad either, especially considering he was coming off of TJ surgery.
DTD_ATL- it’s just we did that done that already & wasn’t really impressed. He might fare better in Atlanta or Tampa Bay. I definitely think he is worth a shot if he doesn’t cost top prospects from an organization .
I see the Braves aiming higher. Lynn or maybe a run at Clevinger.
Aim high, go low. The Braves Way.
Anyone who can breathe and throw a baseball well enough to help them, is going to be of interest to the White Sox. If nothing else, reinsdorf loves the publicity. Problem is, reinsdorf wants everything cheap, on discount.
The Sox added over $100M+ payroll last of season, shutup.
Only posts about Reinsdorf cheap = troll
Go chew on ur bone!
That is a real dumb comment, especially if you follow baseball and team acquisitions
@hyraxwithaflamethrower- yeah I wouldn’t touch Bundy with a 10 foot pole. Cleveland Clevinger or Michael Lance Lynn is definitely the way to go if your the Braves. Marco Gonzales could be good for them also if he is available.
I see braves ending up with a giants pitcher or 2 if they decide to sell.
They shouldn’t bother. Their depth is so shot, they’d be better served hoping someone catches fire than waste resources to bank on what is possibly a complete mirage.
I’ll just say it, even if Ian Anderson is able to hold down a spot, the Braves arguably still need at least two arms to get them through the season. Bundy is nice, but you know his price tag is higher than it would be in any normal season, and any potential 2nd pitcher is also hard to nab. Braves starting rotation and mgmt has put them into a nightmare situation heading into this trade deadline….
@Bravesfan I like many of the comments u make on here but I have to disagree with you here. I thought like I’m sure management thought we were ok going into the season. King Felix opted out, Newk was terrible in rotation, Folty was down in weight and velocity and Hamels still hasn’t pitched an inning. Not to mention the biggest of all with Soroka lost for the season. So I can’t put all this on management. I do think they never go after a big name SP so in that way he’s they hurt us. Just hoping we can pull off some kind of trade to help take some pressure off of our pen. I did read recently that a possible Clevinger deal could happen. That would be great.
I’m all for getting Clevinger out of the AL Central.
@Jim Tom- yeah don’t go betting the house on that one. Highly unlikely. Thinking Cleveland Clevinger stays put.
Well yeah. I’m just saying. As a rival fan I want him gone. He has his best days against Chicago.
@cle 2. If you or management thought we were ok with 4 of our 5 starters being a washed up king Felix, 37 year old Hamels, and thought folty and newk were gonna magically learn how to pitch. Then you and management have lost yalls minds.
They were ok. Should of had guys minors getting ready and able to call up to fill any holes. Nobody I know predicted this shutdown mess during free agency. Could have brought in a low cost guy or 2. Not all is lost. Plenty of guys to trade for.
Look, management including past mgmt and coaching development that got us in this situation. In theory, by now a lot of our elite pitching prospects should be ready to go! Yet it seems we have really struggle to develop them, even to their floors. That’s on mgmt. Also, we came into the season with 4 pitchers, not knowing a 5th. Felix was not a legit option, we should have known better with Newcomb, and the young guys fighting for it is fine until it’s not… it’s not like we knew what we were gonna get with Folty. And we also should have under Hamels at his age is a bit of a risk. Just knowing all that… prob should have came into the season with the 5 slots locked down. Just my opinion. But there was a lot of risk in that rotation. I mean heck, we were even 100% sure fried would be as good as last year much less better. Glad he is
Agree that thinking Newcomb would be good in rotation was just wishful thinking, but Folty has been good in the rotation over several years including an all star appearance. He got off to a bad start last year but finished the season strong in rotation. He won his first post season start then got crushed in second post season start. Overall, Folty has been pretty good. I have no idea what happened this year with the sudden weight loss and loss of velocity, but that was unpredictable before this season started.
There is rumor Folty has put on a healthy amount of weight since being DFA’d. No idea if his velo is back up, but if it is, that could be huge with the way the rotation is at the moment. Hope to god he is, can’t believe I’m saying this, but even if it’s bad flame throwing Folty that gives us 5 rough innings but generally keeps us in the game… I’ll take that. If elite Folty is back, even better.
He’s young enough to be an extension candidate so hopefully any return is decent.
What do my Angels get in return? No secret they need pitching but selling a guy with control has some unique value for a year plus a playoff run.
Its a tiny track record.
padres won’t get him. so, stop worrying about his track record.
@Vizionaire- just as long as the Yankees don’t trade for him. I have a lot more fear in Ted or Al Bundy then Dylan.
he is performing well on a better defense. are most contending teams have defenses as horrendous as o’s?
The difference this year is he isn’t throwing his four seem fastball in the strikezone. He may hit a corner with it, but he’s basically using it as a waste pitch.
Bundy came into this season with one elite pitch and one very good pitch, and he’s using them a lot more often. I think most of what you see is real.
I dont want him. Shouldnt the Angels keep him to compete next year?
The Angels aren’t truly ready to compete until Pujols and Upton clear the books. Their true window is 2022-2025
Not even sure it’s then. They have some great players, but also too many bad ones to compete. With Trout, though, they were never bad enough to really tank.
@Yank Al Bundy was an All American. I’ll be worried about him too.
They definitely will then. Arte will continue to spend. Pujols and Upton clears almost $60m in salary that can go to two to three starters. To win you need talent that’s cheap to build around superstars: Marsh, Adell, Fletcher, Detmers, Canning can be cheap pieces to spend money for other guys to bulk the awful pitching staff
@hyrax They have 2 bad players in upton and pujols how does that outweigh trout, adell/marsh, Fletcher, ohtani, canning, simmons. What a terrible and toxic take
@Jim Tom- Lol, yeah that’s definitely true. Read about that a few months ago online somewhere. Great call.
They have more bad players than those two. With Trout, Rendon, Simmons, Fletcher, and Ohtani, they still are just bad.
They are handcuffed with 30% of their payroll under two bloated, over the hill contracts. Reallocating that $55m to a Gerrit Cole and ancillary starters would make this team very competitive.
Pujols and Upton are just over paid. They were useful players still. Plenty of teams with half the payroll have been successful. Angels are just poorly ran. They are still able to contend next year. Just aquire 2 solid starters. Don’t over pay for anymore 30 year olds.
@Tsizzle27 That’s not how it works. Like many, many others on here you don’t understand that when you’re a Free Agent you are in control and you decide where you play. And they’re not handcuffed at all. Plenty of money to spend, just not stupidly. And who are these “ancillary starters” you refer to? Do they come from unicorn poooooopie? Look at the FA SPs the last couple of years. Slim pickins.
Every team in mlb is looking for starters. They are not cheap and easy to find. The Angels were looking for a few free agent starters last year too. How did that work out?
Meh. You can easily say the angels should (Or wish they could) have spent the Money from Upton and Pujols on pitching. They haven’t spent even 10M on an arm since 2017(Nolasco) and their last 20M pitchers were washed up CJ Wilson and Weaver.
In reality, Moreno would have spent on different hitters if not for those 2. He clearly doesn’t value pitching enough to spend on it. I mean, who can compete with a rotation that makes 9M or less? You have Mike Trout and that’s your pitching!? Eesh
I wouldn’t say CJ Wilson was “washed up” when the Halos signed him. Coming of a 223 campaign with the Rangers, he gave them 2 200+ inning seasons with solid numbers
This is why Eppler will be gone after the season. He shops at the 99 cents Store for pitching and is rarely successful. He and Swanson have done a horrible job drafting and developing pitching over the last five years. Bottom line, I don’t want Eppler making any more trades. Hopefully, Arte can hire a young, energetic GM from a successful organization like the Dodgers, Rays, Indians etc.
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That’s a poor excuse. All high market teams have dead weight contracts, including top contenders. It’s about organizational depth. The Angels rebuilt their farm system pretty quickly, and from what I’ve seen this season they’ve played a lot of winnable games that their bullpen gave away. So that tells me they’re just a better bullpen away from at least being in the race.
@Ryan The bullpen had its woes early on, but the starting staff outside of Bundy is abysmal. Last time I checked the starters ERA overall including Bundy was 28th in the league. And Bundy has an ERA around 2.3-2.4. That is dreadful. Dodgers are an example of no long term bloated contracts.
Give the pitching staff for next year, its going to have to be a real overpay for this to make sense for the Halos
angels have plenty in low minors. what they need is good pitching in mlb. don’t trade bundy unless angels get ’21 season ready pitching prospects!
Seems like if a contending team has pitching prospects they feel will be ready in 2021, they could just promote those guys now rather than give up 6 years of those guys for 190 games of Bundy.
you can certainly do that. but called up before they are ready they could lose all the confidence in the world and bomb. i have seen a few.
The Angels are looking to compete in 2021 so I don’t see why they would want to trade him now if they need pitching.
@akgos- if the Angels can get 2 mid level prospects for Bundy the Angels should consider themselves lucky.
Imagine thinking the only team that competes is your own and then losing every year.
@bk yanks is a troll. Anyone that thinks cole on a 9 years albatross coupled with stantons And are gonna compete is delusional. Wait till judge goes to free agency that’s another max contract with nothing in the form of cheap talent on the way. Salary is gonna tank thanks to covid.
@akgos, Hmmmmmm,I don’t know, maybe because Bundy is on a 1 yr contract?????
Bundy still has another arbitration year next year. So the Angels still control his rights. He can only play for them.
As good as he’s been this team really could another lefty.
Bundy, Goodwin, Jamai Jones, and a 10-30 prospectfor Madrigal and maybe a low prospect/bullpen arm possible?
Bundy/Castro to Reds for Irwin/Tyler Stephenson and so on?
no. no. no! hope you are kidding!
Teams should be looking into him and the Angels should only bite if the Angels overwhelmed… they wont be.
i like al conin
Yeah, hard to believe they’ll get an offer they can’t refuse.
@Halo11Fan He’s on a one year deal. They should get whatever they can.
he has one more arb left. since he’s been getting peanuts next year compensation cannot be that much.
If I’m the Yankees I wouldn’t even trade Michael King for Dylan Bundy in a 1-1 swap.The Braves or the Padres would be so much better off trading for Lance Lynn, Marco Gonzales, or even Matthew Boyd instead of Bundy. He is so overrated.
Matthew Boyd is incredibly overrated. He’s getting shelled this year and has never had an era sub 4.40.
he is not overrated by any means. he is just bad. as in bad!
@Tsizzle27- I know but Boyd isn’t a rental and probably could be corrected with the right kind of pitching coach. He is cheap also next season. I wouldn’t mind the Yankees taking a flier on him. I can see the Braves also doing so if they don’t want Lynn.
Bundy is exactly what you just hoped Boyd would be. Pitching in the AL East in all those wiggle ball parks isn’t any easier either.
Matthew Boyd in Yankee stadium with the home runs he gives up? Yeah have fun with that
He is, but he seems to have the Twins #.
Marco Gonzales signed a long deal with the Mariners. Good pitcher but he won’t be traded.
@Cey Hey- he’s perfect for the Braves. He’s like a Poor Man’s Tom Glavine and he’s not too expensive either. The Braves should pounce on him. I think he is really good also. The Yankees should also try to land him. You never know if Mariners might deal him.
Siroka and Gonzalez in the same rotation would be a blast. Both guys really know how to pitch. Batters run to the plate looking to take their hacks, then crawl back to the dugout after being retired on soft contract. I love pitchers like that. They drive hitters batty, I’m a Dodger fan. Gonzalez totally befuddled them a couple of weeks ago but I still enjoyed it anyway. Gonzalez is like Glavine in that he never gives in. If you get a hit, it’s gonna be off his pitch regardless of the count. Glavine made a career out of making hitters look foolish.
@Cey Hey- I definitely think it’s the Dodgers year this year. If the Yankees could trade for a Marco Gonzales I definitely think they could get to the World Series. If they don’t, get a pitcher like that I feel they will come up short. It really sucks to be a Yankee‘s fan right now everything is so uncertain. The Dodgers look great as always. They have to be favored in the NL this season for sure.
I really hope the Braves don’t get him unless he is the 2nd SP they get.
If Clevinger or Plesac are truly available the focus needs to be getting one of them for AA.
Don’t know the finances & if the Braves are able to add any salary for next year but I know they got a ton of money coming off the books. If they can I wouldn’t mind a Cueto.
Plesac probably won’t be moved. Lots of cheap control yet. Clevinger is more likely.
Why didn’t they take a flyer on Sonny Gray back in the day? Did anyone see him continuing to languish like he did in the Bronx?
His Uncle Al was a hell of a football player in high school
@awf1119- yeah I heard that also. Lol! I’m assuming that was well after “Married with Children”?
Na man. It was his high school days before knocking up Peggy.
Al’s cousin Ted once asked Peg on a date but she wisely declined.
@Cey Hey- you definitely can’t fault her for declining the date. Yes, it was definitely a wise decision.
Scored 4 touchdowns in one game.
@Lovinmlb- That’s really impressive. The 4 touchdowns in one game. Not knocking up Peggy.
The Angels will probably get more for Bundy than they traded away to get him. Excellent job by Eppler considering Bundy has only given the Halos six starts.
@Cey Hey- you think the Halos can get a couple of mid level prospects for Bundy?
Be smart RICK And KENNY . Stay with Lopez, Dunning , GONZALES , DETWILER AND WHOEVER YOU CAN SIGN . Dont get caught up overpaying in a short year.. go to the dance with what you got.. replenish in the off season.. LEARN FROM THE CUBS OVERPAYING . PLEASE.!!!!!
The Cubs overpayed got them a WS if the White Sox hesitate all the time they won’t get nothing.
The White Sox really good and exciting. Even if they don’t win it this season their future looks very bright to get a Championship soon within the next few years.
This is the first year of what should be a long competitive window… They don’t need to get desperate for just 1 ring yet. If anyone should be desperate for one, it’s the Dodgers.
Bundy was mediocre for years, good for six starts, and now he’s a valuable trade asset? Don’t get him, Hahn, unless it’s truly for non-pitching spare parts.
Rick and Kenny ! if you were not smart enough to trade for Bundy or sign Rosenthal,, Lynn, or whomever to begin with , learn from it. dont compound mistakes by overpaying for these guys now. Thats a sure way of compromising your future.
STAY THE COURSE ! RICK HAHN
Out of the box idea that’ll never happen: renting players. For example, Seattle isn’t going anywhere and the Indians need OF help. They trade some pitching prospect to the Mariners for Kyle Lewis’ services for the rest of the year. As soon as the season ends, he goes back to the Mariners, who keep the prospect they got. I know a lot of issues would have to be worked through, but it’d make these trade deadlines more entertaining and shorten rebuilds.
I kinda like it. I’ll add that an injury voids the deal.
Maybe it depends on the severity of the injury. 10-day IL, no; others, maybe. Another hurdle is the team couldn’t use up any options to send a player down, but would have to keep them on the roster. Also, if the player is in his last year, they’d have to figure out whether this kind of deal is valid for QO purposes (probably not).
Well yeah totally. I was thinking something requiring surgery and potentially missing half a year to a full season.
Surprised he wasn’t scratched tonight.
Idk I feel like it’s worth him starting.. throws a great game the price goes up. He throws an average game, you keep him and move on
I hear you but if he gets blown up or worse, gets injured, then the price goes down or evaporates. They can’t be anywhere close to a deal or he wouldn’t be pitching tonight.
I guess my point is that I would only trade him if you’re getting a good return. Even if he does poorly tonight, oh well, you keep him for another year. If he does great and it makes a team swoop in with a great offer, awesome. I don’t think the Angels are in a position to not be playing their best starter
F in the chat for Dobnak’s “sterling” ERA
With Pineda and Odorizzi coming back I’m actually more comfortable with a much more affordable and flexible option in Ray who could work as either a starter or reliever depending on the teams needs and Ray’s performance.
If the risk in trading for Ray is too much than I’d just go all in and trade Larnach for Hader.
I don’t see Bundy going anywhere. It would be contrary to everything they are saying about needing pitching.
Imagine waking up every day just obsessed with Lance Lynn. Sad
please Sox, don’t give up Madrigal, Vaughn, Dunning, in any trade. Those guys are the future. Use the bull pen to get you to the playoffs……
We probably could use and lefty in the pen.
I’ll take a healthy Aaron Bummer please.
Get it done Falvey!!!
The Angels should offer Bundy a Texas-Style 3/$30 extension and see if he bites.
Interesting idea. With their payroll situation and a likely depressed FA market, they would then have room this winter to add another quality arm, most likely via trade. Cleveland needs outfielders and has pitchers. It’s just a matter as to whether they’d be interested in one of the Angels highly-touted but unproven outfielders. Adell homered tonight, which is encouraging. With Trout’s window being now, they might be willing to swap him or Marsh. Other bodies in the trade, but that could initiate talks for either Clevinger or Plesac. There is also Bauer, though Pujols’ and Upton’s contracts make that unlikely.
After the 2005 season, Chipper Jones reworked his contract with the Braves to give them the flexibility to re-sign Tim Hudson and sign Edgar Renteria as a Free Agent. I wonder if the Angels and either Pujols or Upton would consider doing that.
I have an out of the box trade Jays-Angels
From Jays- Our RHP = Patrick Murphy. and TJ Zeuch.
From Angels- Simmons/Bundy/Upton.
We pay the full salary of Upton if Bundy pitches a sub 3.00 Era for Sept/Playoffs and half if he doesn’t .
I know you’ve said “no way,” but I think the Jays should find a reasonable Lynn package without giving up the entire farm. They already have Ryu and let’s face it: no one would want to face those two in the first two games of a best-of-three, The Jays can catch lightning in a bottle in 2020, have Lynn near the top of a suddenly potent rotation for this year and next, and still not deviate from their long-range plan. It would be good business too, as enthusiasm would be sky-high heading into 2021.
I’d love to have Lynn but not for the price it would take.
I can’t see our GM moving any of our Top 10 guys unless its for a young pitcher with 3+ years of control.
I think they will try and use their financial flexibility to lower the acquisition cost of a player and /or make a deal like Walker from Seattle and hope he works out and likes it with the Jays and they extend him.
It is as if the internet and BRef had never been invented…
Upton has a full NTC. It came with the deal he signed with the Angels when he added one more season than the Tigers deal had. He got it because his wife and kids live in the Phoenix area and he wants to be close to home. That definitely precludes agreeing to a trade to Toronto.
I know Angels fans would see it as revenge for Vernon Wells, but Upton isn’t going to approve a trade which takes him further from Phoenix that he is now.
No to Bundy. When I see Bundy, I don’t look at what he’s done so far in a season that isn’t taken very seriously. I look at his 4 previous seasons in Balt–and they weren’t pretty. And pitching on the South Side can be very rough on a pitcher.
Just stay the course. With Dunning, Madrigal, Vaughn, Kopech, and maybe even Crochet either just starting their careers in Chicago or coming up next year, I’d rather they stick with what they have than to make a knee-jerk move.
Last time they made a knee-jerk move, they only gave up some guy we’ve never heard of – Tattoo, Tater, something like that – and got James freakin’ Shields in return! How can you argue against moves like that?!
Exactly. Well said.
Yeah, but it looks like the Sox are starting Dunning today hoping he does well to increase his trade value. Dunning looks legit, I hope he doesn’t get moved.
Said it before, and I’ll say it again. Just let Dunning pitch.
I agree with no knee jerk reactions. Lets hope Rick and Kenny leave the young guys alone and go to war with who we have.. Its a short season . we can pick up reinforcements in the off season at a much more reasonable price or even without mortgaging the future. NO MORE OVERPAYS WHITE SOX !!!
This season is a total joke. No more than extended spring training in major league parks. Ridiculous to consider a WS title as legitimate. Good for baseball in that it shows how hard up the fans are for it but sorryful for the game’s tradition and values.
Oh please. This trophy will be more legitimate than the 2017 one.
If the White Sox include Dunning in a package for Lynn or Bundy , they are making a mistake ! Remember Samardzija to the Sox for Montas,Bassitt and Semien ? How did that work out ???
Braves have interest in lots of pitchers. No surprise. They are a legit contender and need rotation help (pen is good). What we don’t know is the cost of these pitchers in terms of prospects. So articles like this are what one might call mental (term for self gratification).