In terms of how much Bundy will and should get paid, I think it’d be accurate to compare him to Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. The right-hander is one year younger (27) than Bundy (28), and the two have similar numbers over the past two seasons. While McCullers has better overall career statistics, Bundy has outperformed him going back to 2020.
Angels: Dylan Bundy is projected a similar deal to starter in the AL West.
McCullers signed a five-year, $85 million extension in March. I think Bundy earning a deal in the neighborhood of four-years, $80 million can be expected if he continues his current trends.
McCullers and Bundy Last Two Seasons:
- McCullers (14 starts): 68.2 IP (4.22 ERA) (1.188 WHIP) (9.5 K/9)
- Bundy (14 starts): 84.2 IP (3.31 ERA) (1.045 WHIP) (10.0 K/9)
- McCullers (97 games): 522.1 IP (3.74 ERA) (1.262 WHIP) (10.0 K/9) (3.32 FIP)
- Bundy (141 games): 699 IP (4.51 ERA) (1.295 WHIP) (9.0 K/9) (4.55 FIP)
What Bundy’s payday will come down to is whether or not teams will take into account his past performances with the Orioles (4.67 ERA, 4.75 FIP) versus what he’s done with a smaller sample size in Anaheim (3.30 ERA, 3.11 FIP).
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Given how much this franchise has been starved for consistent starting pitching, I think it’d be a mistake for Angels owner Arte Moreno and general manager Perry Minasian to risk Bundy testing the free-agent market.
With the way Bundy’s stock is rising, the Angels need to make a contract extension happen now.