By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
12:26 PM EDT, July 29, 2013
With the non-waiver trade deadline approaching in two days, are the Orioles willing to trade right-hander Dylan Bundy to consummate the right deal?
Bundy, who is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery late last month, will obviously be on most suitors’ wish list. And the Orioles are likely to entertain discussions, as always, which Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal wrote about today.
But that doesn't mean that the Orioles are willing to trade one of their top pitching prospects. According to one industry source, the Orioles see Bundy an even more valuable piece of their future.
The organization believes he could come back at this time next year a stronger pitcher at age 21, and dealing him while he is injured would negatively affect his trade value. Trade partners likely wouldn’t be willing to give true value for a pitcher currently on the shelf.
So while the Orioles might be willing to engage in discussions regarding Bundy, it would take an incredibly enticing deal to lose him.Obviously, the problem is that the Orioles don’t have much else to trade in terms of prospects, which are what teams want at this time of the year. Kevin Gausman is going nowhere while infielder Jonathan Schoop and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez have been deemed nearly untouchable.
In seeking a trade, the Orioles also need to ask themselves whether a short-term rental is truly an upgrade. While other division teams can afford to trade prospects for a rental, the Orioles need to be careful when considering that.
In a lot of ways, they have to think beyond this season. Take for example, their deal for right-hander Scott Feldman. The Orioles were already interested in Feldman in the offseason, but his price tag became too high.
But after acquiring him in a trade with the Cubs on July 2 and inserting him into a clubhouse that included several former teammates of his with the Rangers, there is the thought that staying in Baltimore would be more enticing to Feldman. This coming offseason, the Orioles will face the decision of whether to re-sign Feldman or struggling right-hander Jason Hammel.
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