More on Bundy
Right-handed pitcher Dylan Bundy agreed to terms with the Orioles and will get a $4 million signing bonus in a Major League deal that Baseball America is reporting could guarantee him a ballpark figure around $6.22 million.
What’s a Major League deal mean? It benefits the player by placing him on the 40-man roster and therefore making it easier to promote him to the Majors later. The player also has the potential of seeing a domino effect on future salaries, as his salary cannot be less than 80 percent of his total compensation from the previous year.
Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan said the Major League deal was an aspect very important to the Bundy’s in negotiations.
The team loses roster flexibility with a Major League deal for a draft pick, though it gains the advantage of lowering the average annual value by spreading it over multiple years.
Players have three or four years in which they can be optioned to the minors without clearing waivers, and with a Major League deal the first option is typically going to be used in the player’s first year. This sometimes accelerates a player’s timetable and forces the team’s hand.