As the countdown the the trade deadline continues, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles “want to do something big” — even after acquiring Scott Feldman and Francisco Rodriguez. Rosenthal says that the O’s are in on White Sox starter Jake Peavy, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau and Phillies third baseman Michael Young.
Of course, to acquire any of the above targets the Birds would have to part with a significant prospect. Rosenthal is hearing that the O’s would be willing to do so for the right player.
In any case, the Orioles’ aggression is notable. Sources say the team is even willing to move one of its top prospects, right-hander Dylan Bundy, for the right return.
Bundy, 20, underwent Tommy John surgery last month, but the success rate of pitchers recovering from the operation is quite good. The Chicago Cubs acquired right-hander Arodys Vizcaino from the Atlanta Braves last season just four months after he had the surgery. Vizcaino, 22, was the centerpiece of the package that the Cubs acquired for left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson.
What follows is speculation:
The Orioles wouldn’t trade Bundy straight-up for say, a year-plus of Peavy, but they might include him as part of a larger package in which they could get another player, perhaps second baseman Gordon Beckham, in return.
Trading Bundy? I’ll believe it when I see it.
While Bundy likely won’t contribute until 2015, he represents a significant part of their future and farm system. The Birds aren’t exactly knee deep in prospects.
Are the Orioles really confident enough in Peavy past the few remaining starts he’ll give them in 2013? Or are they just going all in on this season?