The Colorado Rockies have reportedly reached out to the Baltimore Orioles on the availability of pitchers Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.
Recently MLB columnist Jeff Passan tweeted out that the Colorado Rockies have reached out to the Baltimore Orioles about Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. If this were to happen, the deal would seem to benefit both teams based on their strategies before the trade deadline.
The Rockies currently have a firm grip in the N.L wild card as they are 5.5 games ahead. But clearly would like a larger lead as according to Purple Row, Rockies manager Bud Black said: “We’re going to do everything we can to upgrade our ballclub.”
The ballclub obviously would like to obtain some assets to propel them forward to a World Series win and this is where Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy fit in.
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It would be an understatement to say that Gausman, 26, has been struggling this year, with a horrendous 6.39 ERA, and 1.79 WHIP. Remember, this is coming from the O’s opening day starter and a pitcher the Orioles had high hopes for this year. So, Gausman could be due for a change of scenery, especially in Colorado which is his hometown.
As mentioned earlier in Passan’s tweet, the Rockies have a great farm system, which is something the O’s lack, but want considering their “seller label.” So I find it very possible that the O’s could trade Gausman and acquire some prospects to help down the road, which could possibly help the team reclaim the division in a couple years.
This brings me back to Bundy, which is a player I highly doubt the O’s would deal unless the Rockies make a deal the Orioles can’t refuse, because when you look at Bundy, all you really see are positives.
Bundy has by far been the O’s best starter this year and considering that he’s the team’s youngest starting pitcher (he’s 24), he likely has the highest ceiling.
So, before the trade deadline I could see Gausman getting dealt while Bundy stays with the club unless the deal is perfect for the Orioles.