September 22, 2021

Angels trade for Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (ESPN)

The Los Angeles Angels addressed one of at least two holes in their starting rotation Wednesday, using four of their lower-tier pitching prospects to acquire right-hander Dylan Bundy from the Baltimore Orioles.

“Our work’s not done,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said during a conference call, “but we’re thankful to get one of our goals crossed off the list before we get to San Diego (for winter meetings).”

Bundy, who has compiled 503 innings and a 4.83 ERA over the past three years, provides the Angels with a durable, controllable starter for a 2020 rotation that also projects to include Shohei Ohtani, Andrew Heaney and Griffin Canning. But the Angels are still in search of an ace, and they are still expected to be among the most aggressive in the courting of star free agent Gerrit Cole, a pursuit that probably will spill into next week’s winter meetings.

Eppler was coy about the Angels’ plans, though he did acknowledge that pitching — and catching, a particularly thin position after non-tendering Kevan Smith earlier this week — is the primary focus for the winter. Angels owner Arte Moreno declared earlier in the offseason that the budget will increase, but Eppler…

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