With the Angels likely out of contention, will they look to make a surprising deal with Dylan Bundy at the trade deadline?
Enter the 2020 offseason, Angels’ general manager Billy Eppler had one goal; add a premier pitcher to the rotation. Try as he might, the big fish all accepted better offers and the Halos were left to scramble to fill their holes.
Many thought that signing of Julio Teheran would be a decent consolation prize, a pitcher with a track record of eating innings and living above his metrics. While the right-hander hasn’t quite gotten momentum on his side after a late start, the Angels managed to find solace in another pick-up.
Acquired in exchange for four minor leaguers, Dylan Bundy was a buy-low candidate with high upside. Eppler was hoping that removing him from the the American League East and potentially changing his mindset as a pitcher would pay off.
Boy, has it ever.
Over his first four starts, Bundy enjoyed the best run of his young career, posting a 3-1 record while averaging seven innings an outing and allowing just five runs over 28.2 innings of work. Even after a rough start on Tuesday (4 IP, 4 ER versus the Giants), Bundy sits with a 3-2 record, a 2.48 ERA, a 0.796 WHIP, and a 10.5 K/9.
Despite the efforts of Dylan, the Angels have gotten off to a horrible start and currently own the fourth-worst record in the game. As such, they currently sit eight games out of first place and 5.5 games out of a potential playoff spot in the American League West.
With 40% of the season now in the books and just two weeks remaining before the trade deadline passes, the Angels will have a few tough decisions to make. One of those will be whether the team opts to keep Bundy or use his increased value as a trade piece at the deadline.
Let’s examine the options the Angels have around trading Bundy.