The Baltimore Orioles were atrocious in 2019, one of the worst teams in all of baseball as they were in 2018. The Orioles earned the top pick in the 2019 draft where they selected Adley Rutschman, but since then, their big league roster has slowly been dismantled this offseason. One of their former first-round selections, Dylan Bundy, has been shipped out to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for four minor league pitchers. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the trade.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2019
Right-hander Dylan Bundy is headed to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for RHP Isaac Mattson, RHP Zach Peek, RHP Kyle Bradish and RHP Kyle Brnovich, sources tell ESPN. @Ken_Rosenthal had Bundy going from Baltimore to Los Angeles.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 4, 2019
The Orioles held on to Bundy the past eight years with Bundy only pitching in five of them due to arm injuries. Since his permanent return in 2016, Bundy has struggled to get things going and be that electric arm he was slated to be. In 2019, Bundy started in thirty games totaling 161.2 innings pitched for the Orioles. He wound up with a 7-14 record, a 4.79 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, with 162 punchouts in a struggling season for the Orioles. The Angels have been openly looking to add the pieces necessary to become a competitor in the American League West division.
On the return, there are reportedly four pitchers headed back to the Orioles. The four pitchers heading to Baltimore are Kyle Bradish, Kyle Brnovich, Isaac Mattson, and Zach Peek. The most prevalent of those four pitchers is Isaac Mattson, who was stationed with the Angels Triple-A affiliate in 2019. Mattson offers upside as a relief arm, but the other pitchers helped the Orioles pull the trigger on this deal. This move comes just days after the Orioles put Jonathan Villar on waivers and then worked out a trade with the Miami Marlins to send the second baseman down to Miami. The Orioles are looking to bring in more young talent to keep the rebuild in full swing in Baltimore.