The Los Angeles Angels are reportedly fielding calls from teams interested in acquiring Dylan Bundy before the MLB Trade Deadline.
In his last start for the Angels, Dylan Bundy took a no-decision on Sunday after spinning 5.2 innings of 4-run (two earned) baseball and striking out six. It may be his last start in an Angels uniform.
With the trade deadline approaching on August 31st, teams are scrambling to fill holes. With a lack of clear-cut sellers on the market and a glut of teams still in the playoff hunt, the options for impact players are limited.
As a team with a 9-20 record, the Angels find themselves in a somewhat unique position. They are one of just a few teams that undoubtedly out of contention at this point in the season. Additionally, in Bundy they have a marketable player at a premium position of need across the game.
At 3-2 with a 2.58 ERA, a 3.06 FIP, a 10.33 K/9, and a 1.88 BB/9, Bundy has been one of the best starters in the game in 2020. However, the strange results put forth by the rest of the team has forced the Angels to change course and teams are taking notice.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Halos have already begun getting calls on Bundy. It’s only a matter of if interested parties can convince the team to part with the right-hander.
Acquired over the winter for a handful of mid-level prospects, Bundy has become one of the best stories of the year. Add in the fact that he has an additional year of control and a relatively low cost in 2021, and he adds value to a would-be suitor.
Those things also make him attractive to the Angels, who despite their struggles have a solid core of players already assembled. They could feasibly hang on to Bundy in hopes of simply build the rotation around him next season. Things could be significantly different in 2021 given the ability to add a starter like Marcus Stroman or Trevor Bauer, and a full spring training for young arms like Griffin Canning, Patrick Sandoval, and Shohei Ohtani.
That all said, the Angels do themselves a disservice if they don’t at least listen. Given Bundy’s performance to date, they could easily sell higher than the cost to acquire him and cash out while his value is at its peak.
As things stand right now, Dylan Bundy is set to make his next start on Friday in Seattle barring any further roster moves or a trade.