By Tim Dierkes [July 29, 2013 at 8:39am CST]
The aggressive Orioles are "even willing to move" top prospect Dylan Bundy "for the right return," sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Perhaps any player can be moved for the right return, but Rosenthal's report implies the Orioles are more willing to listen on Bundy than teams usually are on top prospects.
Bundy, 20, was generally regarded as one of the three best prospects in baseball prior to the season. He was drafted fourth overall in 2011 out of high school and rocketed through the minors last year despite delicate handling by the Orioles. However, the righty underwent Tommy John surgery last month, dropping him to 11th on Keith Law's midseason list for ESPN and 17th on Baseball America's list.
The Orioles are targeting Jake Peavy, Justin Morneau, and Michael Young, writes Rosenthal, confirming previous reports. I think it's clear Bundy would not be involved in discussions for those players, even Peavy. I imagine a Bundy trade is unlikely, but if he is dealt, it would involve a big name not currently in the rumor mill much. As Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports noted, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has the ability to be a game-changer, on the remote chance he gets an offer enticing enough to move Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion.
I'm not surprised by this. I posted earlier that Bundy's ML contract has complicated the team's ability to develop him as a SP now that they consider themselves a contender each year. I even implied that he was no longer untouchable.
If I were DD I would speed dial Theo Epstein in Chicago and offer him Bundy and Eduardo Rodriguez for RH SP Jeff Samardzija. Epstein would probably want Mike Wright instead of Rodriguez and I would agree to it. Samardzija would give us a quality SP that we would control through 2015 at a reasonable price. IMO this would be a better trade than for Jake Peavy. Not because Peavy isn't a slightly better pitcher; he is, but we would only control Peavy through next season at about 10M more than we would pay Samardzija next year. There's also the issue of Peavy's injury history.
On a team that seems to count pennies every year that could mean the difference in signing a solid veteran SP on a one year deal to fill the #5 spot in our rotation. I just see it as naive to expect that Gausman/McFarland/Britton/Steve Johnson will be a lock to effectively fill that spot and we should plan accordingly.
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