Mets Trade Candidate: Dylan Bundy
This 6’1″ 200 lb righty out of Oklahoma was a highly touted prospect when he was drafted and came up with the Orioles nine years ago. Despite showing signs of pitching at a high level sporadically, he never really panned out to be the ace they were hoping for in Baltimore. He was traded to the Angels this past year and looks as sharp as he has ever been in his career.
In his six starts so far this year with Anaheim, Bundy has struck out 44 batters in 38.1 IP, has a 0.89 WHIP and an ERA under 2.60. Three of his six starts have been all quality appearances against a dangerous Oakland A’s offense, proving that he can match up well against quality competition.
Adding Dylan Bundy to a depleted Mets starting rotation would be a much-needed upgrade with the loss of both Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman from the starting rotation. If one of either Michael Wacha or Rick Porcello can string together a few consistent quality starts, having a rotation of deGrom, Bundy, Wacha, Porcello and Dave Peterson taking the mound every week could allow the Mets to put together a few important wins consecutively and maybe catapult them into the 6th or 7th seed by end of September.
More importantly, Bundy also doesn’t make a lot of money and is also under team control until 2021. So the Mets may have a potential impact star on their roster to help them win next season as well.