The Astros have said that they're willing to continue to build its rotation around staff ace Bud Norris, but a team in Houston's position is expected to listen on any of its players. Norris has been solid so far this season, and Nick Cafardo expects general managers in need of rotation help to zero in on the right-hander. Of the potential suitors, Cafardo says the Pittsburgh Pirates "would now have to be interested."
Cafardo says the Pirates could pursue Norris especially hard considering he's pitched in the National League Central. Pittsburgh added a former teammate of Norris', Wandy Rodriguez, last season, and now that the left-hander has hit the disabled list -- along with several other Pirates arms -- the Buccos could be especially interested in adding a pitcher.
Over 13 starts this season, Norris has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.43 and 1.474. Over five seasons in the majors he's posted a career ERA of 4.31 and a 1.410 WHIP. While he's numbers aren't overwhelming, he has proven a durable arm, as he's averaged more than 28 starts per year over the past three seasons.
Beyond Rodriguez, the Pirates have also endured injuries to Jeanmar Gomez, James McDonald, Jeff Karstens, Kyle McPherson and Phil Irwin.
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