Jon Morosi reports from MLB Network that the Atlanta Braves and Chicago WhiteSox are kicking the tires on a trade for LA Angels RHP Dylan Bundy. Bundy has been flat out dominant posting a 2.58 ERA in 38.1 innings and 44 punch outs, so a trade of his services could change the playoff picture.
After the Braves lost their ace in Mike Soroka to a torn Achilles, the team needs a big game starter. Their record(18-13) has exceeded expectations given the loss of Soroka, but reinforcement to personnel will have to come to make an October run.
Atlanta’s aggressiveness shows that hanging up division banners is no longer the goal. The team is graduating from the “young kids that are happy to be there” to “championship or bust”. A move for Bundy thrusts Atlanta right back into real contention for their first World Series trophy since 1995.
The Southside blew away everyone being in a three-way tie for first place 32 games into the season. Emergences from a few young players and hitting on some key veterans this offseason put them in position to strike on Bundy. Like Atlanta, this front office dealt with plenty injuries and want to throw a bandaid over the damage.
Lucas Giolito just threw a no-hitter in the “juiced-baseball” era, so continuing that momentum with the acquisition of Dylan Bundy turns heads. Who knows, this move could trigger a Cleveland Indians to sell on Francisco Lindor or Mike Clevinger.
We don’t have too much longer to wait on a potential deal with this year’s trade deadline being August 31 at 4 p.m. ET.