The Houston Astros traded shortstop Jed Lowrie Monday, but
he may not be the last member of the team shipped this winter. Right-hander Bud
Norris is available and drawing interested, and he could be traded before the
offseason is through, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Norris, who turns 28 on March 2, is available and drawing
interest, according to major-league sources.
Rosenthal notes that the Astros are still motivated to move
whatever veteran players they can to fulfill their goal of acquiring young
talent so they can field a more competitive club in the future.
The Astros have added several arms this winter, giving them
eight candidates for their starting rotation. Houston has acquired Brad
Peacock, Philip Humber, John Ely and Alex White to go along with in-house
For this reason, the Astros appear to be willing to move
Norris for the right price. Norris owns a career ERA and WHIP of 4.42 and 1.402
with a 2.32 strikeout-to-walk ratio over four years in the majors.
The Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres and St. Louis
Cardinals expressed varying levels of interest in Norris at the winter meetings,
according to Rosenthal.
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