With a little more than a month until the 2013 MLB Trade Deadline, the Baltimore Orioles just became absolute buyers for some starting pitching.
Dylan Bundy is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, but the Orioles confirmed on Wednesday that the 20-year-old will undergo Tommy John surgery in the coming weeks. This injury can’t be talked about enough as Bundy was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
Oddly enough, Baltimore initially downplayed Bundy’s arm issues saying that there was no issue with his ulnar collateral ligament — a partial tear in his elbow will make Bundy a cheerleader for at least another year. The long-term impact of the injury will eventually be felt across the up-and-coming Orioles organization, but the short-term solution is bringing in another starting pitcher that can get outs.
Baltimore was planning on using Bundy later in the season, but now the expected starts from him are going to have to come from someone else. I suggested earlier in the week that it’s time for the Orioles to acquire Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins — if this doesn’t force the Orioles’ hand then nothing will.
While Nolasco is a guy to keep your eye on, the Chicago Cubs could definitely flip a reliable starter like Scott Feldman for the right price. Familiar with the AL, Feldman has a 3.39 ERA this season and leads Chicago in wins with six Ws in 2013. A speedy recovery is wished upon one of the game’s most enticing prospects, but the Orioles can temporarily fill his void with a trade or two.