Billy Eppler makes his first trade or free agent signing of the offseason, acquiring Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy.
#Angels have acquired RHP Dylan Bundy from the #Orioles, sources tell The Athletic. Triple A RHP Isaac Mattson in deal, heading to Baltimore.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2019
Bundy, a former 4th overall pick by the Orioles, pitched 161 innings last year with a 9.02 K/9, 3.23 BB/9, and a 4.79 ERA (4.73 FIP). He has averaged 30 starts and 2.1 fWAR over the prior three seasons.
Despite not living up to the prospect hype (and in part due to undergoing Tommy John surgery long ago), Bundy represents a solid back-end starter controllable for two seasons.
MLB Trade Rumors estimates he will receive $5.7 million in arbitration.
Right-hander Dylan Bundy is headed to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for RHP Isaac Mattson, RHP Zach Peek, RHP Kyle Bradish and RHP Kyle Brnovich, sources tell ESPN. @Ken_Rosenthal had Bundy going from Baltimore to Los Angeles.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 4, 2019
The Angels send four minor leaguers to Baltimore, including near MLB-ready relief piece Isaac Mattson, who broke out in 2019 in a big way.
Mattson is the least interesting guy in this deal to me and the most reported. I have really liked Bradish back to his college days. Peek a recent pick from Winthrop who had day one run at points. Brnovich out shadowed by George Kirby but excellent college numbers https://t.co/E30hM6NUCj— jeff ellis (@jeffMLBdraft) December 4, 2019
I think this deal suits both teams, as the Angels needed both pitching volume and quality (Bundy improves both) and the Orioles, who could use a few interesting fliers in the farm system.