As expected the Orioles optioned top prospect Dylan Bundy to the minors, sending the 21-year-old right-hander to Double-A to continue his rehab from Tommy John elbow surgery.
Bundy had the surgery in June and is close to being cleared to throw from flat ground, with the hope being that he’ll be ready for game action in about three months. Prior to blowing out his elbow Bundy was the consensus top pitching prospect in all of baseball and it’s possible that he could make a second-half impact in Baltimore if everything goes extremely well in his recovery.
Bundy was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school and made his MLB debut in September of 2012 at age 19. However, he didn’t pitch at all last season and went under the knife after attempts to rest and rehab the elbow problems didn’t work.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Indians have expressed interest in Asdrubal Cabrera.
Cabrera, who began his career in Cleveland, would be a utility guy. Which is not exactly the Indians’ greatest need — they need a starting pitcher above all else — but improvement is improvement. Not much improvement in Cabrera’s case as he’s hitting .250/.333/.398 with nine homers in 70 games this season, but that’s useful if he’s cool with a strictly utility role. Which he’d have to be given that the Indians are solid at second, third and short.
Cabrera would come pretty cheaply of course. Partially because he’s not major piece, partially because he sort of hilariously demanded a trade last month. In large part because he wants to play shortstop which, now that I think about it, may complicate this whole “Cabrera for a utility role” idea the Indians seem to have.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the Rangers “have started reaching out to teams potentially interested in acquiring” Yu Darvish.
Texas is only 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot, but there are five teams ahead of them and they’ve really never had any traction this year. Such is not the stuff on which a team bases an all-in playoff run. Darvish, meanwhile, is in his walk year, so the Rangers have some incentive to get value for him. Passan says the Astros, Brewers, Yankees, Indians, Rockies and Dodgers could have interest in him, but really, he’d improve any contender.
Darvish is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA and 131 strikeouts and 42 walks in 125.1 innings.