Jeremy Hellickson

Before long, Orioles' uncertain future will drag top arms Gausman, Bundy into rebuild conversation

Before long, Orioles' uncertain future will drag top arms Gausman, Bundy into rebuild conversation

On one side this week in Philadelphia was an Orioles team whose rebuild was jump-started by the 2009 trade of star pitcher Erik Bedard, who, with two years of club control, netted a pair of cornerstones of the club’s resurgence in Adam Jones and Chris Tillman.

On the other, an upstart Phillies team whose turnaround came when they shipped franchise left-hander Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers for a five-player package, including starting catcher Jorge Alfaro and right fielder Nick Williams.

The two were at different stages of their careers — Bedard was entering his age-29 season and coming off a career year, while Hamels, 31, was on a massive second contract with a World Series...

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