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Orioles Come to Terms With Bundy, Givens and Villar

January 14, 2019 - 7:48 am

By Joe Schiller
The new year is a fresh start for the Baltimore Orioles and they’ve started off 2019 with some good news.

That means keeping around important franchises pieces for the upcoming season.

On Friday, the Orioles announced the signings of Dylan Bundy, Mychal Givens and Jonathan Villar to one-year contracts. All three players came to terms before the MLB’s arbitration filing deadline.

Bundy, 26, finished 8-16 with a career-worst 5.45 ERA last season. Following two straight 10-win seasons, he struggled along with the entire pitching rotation during a franchise-worst season.

Yet, Bundy still possesses a wealth of potential, especially under the guidance of a new general manager Mike Elias.

The same goes for Givens, who saw his pitching numbers inflated among a dreadful season. The lanky reliever is a strong candidate to be the Orioles’ closer in 2019 after the departures of Brad Brach and Zach Britton.

Villar was acquired last season in the trade that sent second baseman Jonathan Schoop to Milwaukee. Villar served as one of the few bright spots during the second half of the season, batting .258 with 8 home runs, 24 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 54 games.

There’s hope under a new front office in Baltimore and all three players will act as key pieces in a rebuilding year.