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Angels acquire Dylan Bundy from Orioles

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The Angels have acquired starter Dylan Bundy from the Orioles in exchange for minor league pitcher Issac Mattson, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. There are three more minor league pitchers headed to the Orioles, per Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun.

Bundy, 27, was a highly-touted prospect taken fourth overall by the Orioles in the 2011 draft. He battled injuries early in his career and never quite lived up to the hype. Across parts of five seasons in the majors, Bundy owns a 4.67 ERA with 602 strikeouts and 206 walks spread out over 614 1/3 innings.

Mattson, 24, spent most of last season pitching out of the bullpen for Double-A Mobile. He limited the opposition to 13 earned runs on 30 hits and 13 walks with 61 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings of work.

Bundy was entering his second year of arbitration eligibility, so this is mostly a cost-cutting move for the Orioles. Bundy could use the change of scenery, immediately slotting into the Angels’ starting rotation.

Update: The other three minor league pitchers involved in the deal are Zach Peek, Kyle Bradish, and Kyle Brnovich, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal has been officially announced.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.