Angels acquire Dylan Bundy from Baltimore Orioles for 4 minor league pitchers

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Needing to improve the quality and durability of their starting rotation, the Angels feel they crossed at least one of those items off the list on Wednesday.The Angels sent four minor leaguers to the Baltimore Orioles for Dylan Bundy, who may not have lived up to his top prospect potential but has been a workhorse over the past few years.Bundy has started 89 games over the past three seasons, including 30 in 2019. He pitched 161-2/3 innings. The Angels didn’t have a pitcher make more than 18 starts last season, and Trevor Cahill led the staff with 102-1/3 innings.­“Dylan has shown a good amount of durability of the past few years, which is important for us,” General Manager Billy Eppler said. “Having guys who can post and can continue to take their turn …center_img How much money the Angels have left to spend is unclear. Although Moreno said in October the payroll would go up, he didn’t say how much. Normally their limit is $170 million to $180 million. With the Bundy addition, they have just under $150 million committed.The Angels also still have assets to trade because they did not give up any of their most attractive young trade chips to get Bundy.Bradish, 23, was their fourth-round pick in 2018. He pitched just one full season in the minors, posting a 4.28 ERA at Class-A in 2019.Mattson, 24, is the closest to the majors, having finished 2019 at Triple-A before a stint in the Arizona Fall League. He has a 3.17 ERA in the minors, and he struck out 12 in 10-2/3 innings in the AFL.Peek, 23, and Brnovich, 22, were both picked in the 2019 draft and had not yet pitched in the minors. Peek was the Angels’ sixth-round pick and Brnovich was their eighth-round pick. “We’re glad we could get this deal accomplished and get one of our goals crossed off before we head into the winter meetings.”The Angels, who are still shopping for a top-level starter and have been widely connected to Gerrit Cole, still have ample resources to continue to upgrade their rotation.Bundy is projected to make around $5.7 million through arbitration in 2020. He is also arbitration-eligible in 2021. The Angels also didn’t give up any of their top prospects, leaving the opportunity to make another trade for another starter.The Angels sent four minor-league pitchers to the Orioles, including right-hander Kyle Bradish, who was ranked the Angels’ No. 21 prospect by MLB Pipeline. None of the other three pitchers – right-handers Isaac Mattson, Kyle Brnovich and Zach Peek – were ranked in the top 30.They were the cost for Bundy, 27, who was considered one of the top prospects in baseball for a few years after being selected fourth overall in the 2011 draft. He’s never quite lived up to that in his time with the Orioles. Bundy has a career 4.67 ERA, including a 4.79 mark in 2019. The Angels have shown a preference for pitchers with high spin rates, and Bundy fits that criteria. His fastball spin was in the 86th percentile in the majors each of the past two seasons.The Angels also gravitate toward pitchers who keep the ball on the ground, and Bundy had the best ground-ball rate of his career in 2019.Further, he pitched in a hitter’s park in the American League East, often facing the power-laden New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox lineups. Simply getting Bundy into the more pitcher-friendly AL West could “lead to some increased optimism,” Eppler suggested.Eppler said last month that the Angels’ preference was to acquire two starting pitchers, and on Wednesday he hedged on whether he would add just one more.“I’m just going to say we’re going to be in the market and I’m not going to define it and put a number that you hold me to,” Eppler said. “We’ll still be in the market for pitching.”Their rotation currently includes Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning and Shohei Ohtani, who is in the final stages of his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Eppler said Wednesday that he won’t commit to a timetable or usage plan for Ohtani until he’s completed his rehab, which is expected to be later this month.They also have Jaime Barría, José Suarez, Patrick Sandoval, Felix Peña and Dillon Peters to compete for starts at the back of the rotation or as spot starters.Certainly, the Angels will need to sign at least one upper-tier starting pitcher if they hope to be considered contenders in 2020.They have been widely connected to Cole. The top free-agent pitcher, Cole is an Orange County native. The Angels have already had at least one meeting with Cole and his agent, Scott Boras, according to a source. Boras also said last month that he had had lunch with Angels owner Arte Moreno.If they miss out on Cole, they could make a run at Stephen Strasburg, Madison Bumgarner or Hyun-Jin Ryu.Zack Wheeler, another top starter who had been connected to the Angels, agreed Wednesday to a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for $118 million over five years, according to multiple reports.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img

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