Dylan Bundy is close to facing hitters again

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Good news for the Orioles this evening, as prospect right-hander Dylan Bundy continues to make progress from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com brings word that the 21-year-old threw 50 pitches today in a bullpen session and will face live hitters next Tuesday for the first time since his surgery last June.

Bundy confirmed the news on his personal Twitter account this evening:

Barring any setbacks, the plan calls for Bundy to advance to extended spring training games within the next two weeks. He could be an interesting midseason factor for the Orioles.

The Yankees reportedly tried to get Jean Segura from Seattle too

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Last night’s big news — the Yankees acquiring James Paxton from the Mariners — might’ve been even bigger if the Yankees had gotten their way: they were trying to land shortstop Jean Segura too. That’s the report from Jon Morosi of MLB Network, anyway.

Getting Segura would make a ton of sense for the Yankees given that Didi Gregorius is going to miss a big chunk of next season. Segura, who will turn 29 in March, has hit .308/.353/.449 over the past three seasons. He’d cost some prospects, but he wouldn’t cost the kind of money another possible option — signing Manny Machado — might cost.

Worth watching the Yankees regarding any available shortstop, obviously.