Baltimore Orioles: Return on the Dylan Bundy trade

The Baltimore Orioles received four minor league prospects in return for starter Dylan Bundy, who was traded to Anaheim. All four are pitchers: Kyle Bradish, Zach Peek, Kyle Brnovich, and Isaac Mattson (who I mentioned yesterday. All four are right handers.

To the group of fans who are enraged that the Orioles traded Bundy, I would remind you that while Bundy was fairly solid this past season. He also experienced a drop in velocity. Odds are that isn’t coming back. It also speaks as to why he gave up so many home runs on the year.

This isn’t to say that he wasn’t tough for the Orioles to give up. However they did get a decent return on their investment in Bundy, as was addressed by GM Mike Elias after he made the trade:

That said, it’s a bittersweet thing, parting with Dylan. He’s been in this organization since he was drafted in 2011, been nine years with the Orioles. He’s done a lot for the Orioles. He has laid it all on the line at all times for the Orioles and has always taken the ball and this dates well back beyond my short time here, but everything I’ve heard leading into that and his history and the respect that teams around the league have for him. And we’re going to miss him and we have a hole in our rotation to fill.

But as we’ve been doing with every move and every decision we’re making, we are eyeing the long-term benefit of the club and for us to get four pitchers back whom we view as real prospects was too good to pass up.

Quote courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports

Keep your eye on the prize; that’s what Elias is saying. Trust the process.

2 Comments

He was one of the few promising starters we had? Why trade him for nothing?

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I get what you’re saying. I would say that for the most part Bundy had morphed into what he was going to be. Odds are against him becoming leaps and bounds better than what he is now. So they got a decent crop of young arms in exchange. This is a good deal for the Orioles. Thanks for reading!

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