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The O's could trade D. Bundy

Astonishing as that possibility seems, given the reluctance teams now show for trading prospects and Dylan Bundy's perceived talent, the Orioles reportedly:

...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.

Since Bundy is recovering from Tommy John surgery, he will not pitch for any team this year and will also be a risky acquisition for the team that trades for him. The risk is higher than normal. Bundy would not only be a prospect, a pitcher and young, he would also be an elbow surgery survivor. Moreover, the O's would not trade him for an insignificant return. They would probably expect something closer to Bundy's pre-surgery value than to his post-surgery value (which includes the greater risk of a once injured player). The return will only add to the risk generated by this trade.

I find it difficult to guess the team or teams that would be willing to make this trade. What would a team offer that would induce the O's to trade Bundy? The Angels might be one team who would trade some of their Major League players for him. They will not make the playoffs and lost Albert Pujols for the rest of the year. Reloading makes sense for them. The Phillies could actually trade Cliff Lee for Bundy - if Lee would accept a trade to Baltimore. But Ruben Amaro appears unwilling to make that trade. He even wants to extend the old and often-injured Chase Utley! The linked article suggests Toronto might have the player or players the O's might want. But the Blue Jays just made significant trades to acquire veterans, and can be expected to try to contend next season. Bundy might not be up to the task of pitching in the Major Leagues next year. He remains a prospect, is a surgery survivor and the Jays want to win sooner rather than later.

I expect Bundy to remain an Oriole. But the fact that he might be traded is noteworthy.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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