If you had hopes that the Cubs would be the team to jump on Dylan Bundy as a roll-the-dice, further-development, high-impact guy, you can just punch yourself in the jingle bells.
It’s the Angels:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2019
Mattson, 24, is a really good … pure relief prospect. He was a breakout guy in 2019, pitching at three levels, but he barely reached AAA by the end of the year. Seems pretty light given Bundy’s tremendous upside.
Bundy, 27, has had mediocre to rough results the last two years thanks to an explosion in homers allowed, but he’s got great stuff and obviously comes with substantial pedigree. Feels like he’s a tweak away from high-level success with another organization, and I was really hoping the Cubs would be the one taking the swing (especially seeing that the price tag in trade was so minimal). Bundy is projected to make just $5.7 million in arbitration this year, with another year under team control, too.
The pitching market is humming along, folks, with Bundy dealt, and Cole Hamels and Zack Wheeler already signed today.
UPDATE: OK, so this sounds a little more like a deal that makes sense for the Orioles – get Mattson, but also get volume:
The Orioles have dealt Dylan Bundy to the Angels for four minor-league pitchers, per an industry source. @Ken_Rosenthal first reported the trade.
— Jon Meoli (@JonMeoli) December 4, 2019