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Arguably the largest chip in the starting-pitching trade market has fallen, as the Texas Rangers acquired Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs yesterday for a package built around top prospects Mike Olt and C.J. Edwards. As such, team's figure to shift their focus to the next-best available arms, and Houston Astros right-hander Bud Norris can be included on that list. General manager Jeff Luhnow told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com yesterday that he remains in conversations with teams about Norris, but nothing sounds imminent at this point.
The Cubs clearly wanted to deal Garza before he made his next start. The Astros don't appear to be under this sort of time crunch, and Luhnow indicated that he is confident holding conversations on his players until the July 31 trade deadline expires.
"There's quite a bit of interest in several of our
players," Luhnow said. "A lot of teams are in it. We're getting phone
calls from a lot of different teams, and we're fielding them and having
conversations. I can't handicap if we're looking as if we're going to get a
deal, but I'll be happy either way."
Norris has been Houston's most consistent starting pitcher this season, and he's been a durable piece of the team's rotation for the past several years. While his totals aren't astounding, he does provide innings and is affordable. The 28-year-old is earning $3 million this year and is under team control through the 2015 campaign.
So far this season, Norris has posted an ERA and WHIP of 3.91 and 1.429 over 20 starts. In five years at the major-league level, the right-hander owns career marks of 4.33 and 1.406.
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Games – 16
AL Games – 7
NL Games – 8
IL Games – 1
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