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Angels Rumored to be Trading Dylan Bundy

Dylan Bundy

When we wrote about the Los Angeles Angels pitching being a work in progress this season, Dylan Bundy was one pitcher we mentioned who could be ready for a breakout season.

That’s proved to be true as he is 3-2 with a 2.58 ERA, a 3.06 FIP, a 10.33 K/9, and a 1.88 BB/9 so far in 2020.

The Angels pitching staff has been dismal to say the least with Bundy being the lone bright spot.

Is Bundy A Fit For The Toronto Blue Jays?

At 9-20 the Angels won’t likely make the playoffs hence the trade rumors for Bundy heating up.

The Toronto Blue Jays are one such team that could land Bundy. Matt Shoemaker, Nate Pearson and Trent Thornton are starters on the injured list for the Jays.

The Jays did however make their move today to satisfy their pitching needs when they acquired Tijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners. We’re not sure if they are done bolstering their rotation but this move does suggest that they are.

Yankees Could Make A Play For Bundy

The New York Yankees have to be in the conversation for Bundy as well as they sit 2nd in the A.L. East at 16-9 and have had challenges with their pitching staff.

James Paxton is hurt, Masahiro Tanaka and Jordan Montgomery have not impressed according to Yankees Manager Aaron Boone. Gerrit Cole has lived up to expectations leading the Yankees staff but he cannot pitch every game.

Boone addressed the fact that they have only four pitchers right now in their rotation with two doubleheaders in three days against the New York Mets.

The Yankees have also looked at the San Francisco Giants Kevin Gausman, who has a one year 9 million deal and has 42 strikeouts in 31 innings. His 4.65 ERA is high though for five starts and in one relief appearance.

Braves and Astros Also Suitors For Bundy

Both the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros may also been in the running for Bundy’s services.

The Braves pitching received a serious shot in the arm when rookie Ian Anderson out pitched the Yankees Gerrit Cole on Tuesday. The 22 year old pitcher held the Yankees hitless across his first 5-1/3 innings.

The Braves rotation is anything but consistent with Max Fried being the only serious arm that the Braves have. He is 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA, 38 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.950.

The Braves could offer Kyle Muller and Tucker Davidson as potentials that could help the Angels rotation in 2021.

The Houston Astros also need help with pitching as Gerrit Cole is with the Yankees and Justin Verlander could return by the end of the season.

Zach Grienke and Framber Valdez have been excellent, but Grienke is a better number two starter than the ace of a staff. Is it generous to say the Bundy is the ace? Probably not. That still resides with Verlander.

Lance McCullers Jr. is back from Tommy John Surgery and should provide some quality starts but it’s tough to know whether he is dependable despite strong spring training and summer camps in 2020.

What If The Angels Hold On To Bundy

If the Angels don’t part with Dylan Bundy at the trade deadline, he could anchor their rotation in 2021.

We don’t know what a 2021 MLB season would look like in light of COVID-19 but however it goes down The Angels have the option to add another pitcher to their rotation next season. Trevor Bauer is one such candidate. Marcus Stroman is another.

It’s not clear what will happen with Julio Teheran who signed a one year 9 million dollar deal and didn’t pitch until August 5th due to COVID-19. Will he be back? We don’t know.

They also have Reid Detmers waiting in the wings. He could see action in 2020 after being drafted 10th overall in this year’s MLB Draft.

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