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Rockies Showing Trade Interest in Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman

July 24, 2018 - 10:41 am

By Joe Schiller

At this point, all cards are on the table for the Baltimore Orioles in their rebuild. Manny Machado was shipped to Los Angeles and Zach Britton could be gone soon after with numerous teams interested in his services.

But the list doesn’t stop there.

According to FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal, two key components of the Orioles’ pitching rotation could be targeted. The Colorado Rockies are reportedly scouting both Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.

As Andrew Cashner and Alex Cobb – the newly signed free agents – struggle to find their footing this season, Bundy and Gausman have led the Orioles rotation. Bundy holds a 6-9 record with a 4.57 ERA in 108.1 innings pitched. Despite a losing record, he’s been the most consistent arm on the pitching staff. Gausman is 4-8 on the season with a 4.54 ERA in 112.1 innings pitched.

With Bundy being just 25-years-old and Gausman 27-years-old, they’re enticing prospects for contending teams looking to bolster their starting rotation.

Most importantly of all? Both are under team control through the 2020 season and it’s not the same as “renting” a player like Machado, who will become a free agent after the current season.

It’s a bonus for teams that are interested and also gives the Orioles leverage.

The Rockies are locked in a tight battle NL West behind the Dodgers and Diamondbacks and are in reaching a distance of a Wild-Card spot.

There’s been no indication from the Orioles’ interest in moving the two starting pitchers but it’s assumed no player is untouchable for a team entering a full-scale rebuild. Depending on the offer and the prospects in involved, it could be enticing enough for the Dan Duquette and the front office to make a move.

For now, it’s the waiting game as the trade deadline sits just one week from today.