Baltimore Orioles: Projected Arbitration Figures And Decisions
Dylan Bundy improved in 2019 and will return to the rotation for the Baltimore Orioles.
2019 salary- $2.8 million MLBTR projected salary- $5.7 million
I don’t see any scenario in which Dylan Bundy is non-tendered. The Orioles are already going to struggle to put together a starting rotation as is, taking away their second-best starter in 2019 isn’t going to happen.
Take away the expectation that Bundy is a frontline starter in the major leagues and the Orioles should be happy with the progress the 26-year-old righty made this season.
After leading the majors in home runs allowed in 2018, Bundy cut his home run rate from 2.15/9 IP to 1.61/9 IP, increased his groundball rate by more than seven percent to 41.5% (career-high), and was worth 2.5 fWAR, just shy of his career-best of 2.8 (2016).
Bundy ended the year with one his better monthly performance of 2019, recording a 3.80 ERA, a .239 average against, and 24 strikeouts in 23 innings (only three home runs allowed).
He’s learning to pitch without his velocity and found a good bit of success down the stretch. If he can take the next step and work on his location, Bundy will be worth the approximately $6 million projected salary and should outperform any free agent of the caliber the Orioles are likely to bring in this offseason.