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The Orioles hope Norris can add some stability to their starting staff (Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America)
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired SP Bud Norris from the Houston Astros in exchange for OF L.J. Hoes, LHP Josh Hader, and a competitive balance draft pick. Norris was 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts for the Astros this season prior to the trade. For his career, Norris is 34-46 with a 4.33 ERA. He is projected to finish the year with 139 strikeouts, which is down from year’s past. His WHIP is also slightly higher this season than in 2012, sitting at 1.41 compared to 1.37 last year. Standing at 6’0”, 220 pounds, Norris is a hard-throwing right hander who will help strengthen an O’s rotation that has struggled at times this season. The team also had to place SP Jason Hammel on the 15-day DL with a “right flexor max strain”. Norris will take Hammel’s spot in the rotation for now, but could go to the bullpen upon his return. The team could also choose to expand their rotation to 6 instead of 5, if they want to give the starters some extra rest. Norris will make his Orioles debut tomorrow night against the team he just left. Hoes, who was recently called up by Baltimore and was expected to start in tonight’s game against Houston, is projected to be a 4th outfielder at the Major League level, although he has hit .304 this season and has accumulated more walks than strikeouts. With the Orioles already having a rock-solid outfield of Nate McLouth, Adam Jones, and Nick Markakis, along with Xavier Avery waiting in the wings at AAA, it was unlikely that Hoes would ever get an extended look in Baltimore. He will now get the chance to play every day in Houston. Hader is an intriguing piece to this deal. A 19th round pick in 2012, he has had a good season at Single-A Delmarva, holding a 2.65 ERA with a 1.282 WHIP in 17 starts. The 6’3” southpaw has the potential to turn into a fine starter in the big leagues, but at only 19, he still has a long way to go in his development. Due to the unpredictability of Hader’s future success (or lack thereof), it is almost impossible to call this deal in favor of either team. But for now, the Orioles have themselves another piece to add to their roster in hopes of making the playoffs for a second straight season, and did not have to part with top prospects Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Jonathan Schoop, or Eduardo Rodriguez to do it. The Orioles and Astros will continue their series at Camden Yards tonight at 7:05 ET, having split the first two games of the 4-game set. Miguel Gonzalez (8-4, 3.69) will try and rebound from his worst start in a while against Brett Oberholtzer (0-0, 7.36).
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Astros’ ace Bud Norris was scratched from his start Tuesday amid trade rumors, and a late addition to such rumors are the Diamondbacks. The MLB.com beat writer for the Astros, Brian McTaggart, says a source has told him three teams are showing a lot of interest in the 28-year-old, the Diamondbacks, Orioles, and Pirates.
Bud Norris has been scratched from his start by the Astros tonight, and Jeff Passan just relayed this on Twitter:
Sources: Bud Norris very likely to be dealt today, and Pittsburgh could be landing spot. Package built around Tyler Glasnow makes sense.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2013
It's not clear to me whether or not Passan has knowledge of a potential...
Houston Astros pitcher Bud Norris has been scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles.
The team declined to immediately provide a reason for the move, but the right-hander has been the topic of trade speculation. A team official said Norris had not been dealt yet.
The non-waiver trade deadline is Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Lucas Harrell replaced Norris...
Houston likes Tyler Glasnow. Making them just like everyone in baseball. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)
Jeff Passan has a few updates on Bud Norris, who was recently scratched from his start tonight with the Houston Astros, indicating he’s close to being traded.
Sources: Bud Norris very likely to be dealt today, and Pittsburgh could be landing spot. Package built around Tyler Glasnow...
In the playoff mix for a second straight year, the Baltimore Orioles made the biggest move on a quiet trade deadline day, acquiring pitcher Bud Norris to keep pace with the Boston Red Sox.
Hoping to catch the NL West-leading Dodgers, the Arizona Diamondbacks filled a hole in their bullpen Wednesday by sending struggling 20-game winner Ian Kennedy to San Diego for lefty reliever...
It looks like Bud Norris of the Astros will be suiting up at Camden Yards ... for the Orioles. According to reports, Norris will join the team as the non-waiver trade deadline inches towards a conclusion.
ESPN reported: "The Baltimore Orioles have acquired starting pitcher Bud Norris from the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder L.J. Hoes and another prospect, a team...
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired right-hander Bud Norris from the Houston Astros to help bolster a rotation that will be without injured Jason Hammel for what could be an extended period.
The Orioles are sending outfielder L.J. Hoes and left-handed prospect Josh Hader to the Astros in a deal agreed to moments before Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline.
Hammel is being...
The Pirates don’t seem to be aggressively pursuing Bud Norris.
A few rumors on the Bud Norris front just came out. Jayson Stark says the Astros seem to be collecting final offers and that the price is still high.
#Astros seem to be collecting final offers on Bud Norris. Price still high. #Orioles still interested. One dark horse could be #SFGiants
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July...
There were lots of firsts for Bud Norris on Thursday night. First time pitching against his old team first start in Baltimore and most important his first win.
After it was over he had to fend off his first shaving cream pie.
Not even after he got his first major league win was he so honored but then he’s never played with Adam Jones. Jones and Alexi Casilla ran over to him while...
The Houston Astros have officially scratched Bud Norris from tonight’s start against the Baltimore Orioles. No trade is imminent but a trade seems like it should take place before Wednesday’s deadline. This sounds like a lot like what the Chicago White Sox are doing with Jake Peavy, preventing the chance of an injury. League sources say that Norris hasn’t been informed of...
BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles have acquired right-hander Bud Norris from the Houston Astros to help bolster a rotation that will be without injured Jason Hammel for what could be an extended period.
The Orioles are sending outfielder L.J. Hoes and left-handed prospect Josh Hader to the Astros in a deal agreed to moments before Wednesday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
Tyler Glasnow won’t be traded. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)
Earlier today Jeff Passan speculated that Tyler Glasnow would be a good return for Bud Norris. While it seemed like speculation, the fact that Passan mentioned Glasnow twice, and specifically went to him, made it seem like it could be something more. It would have been a total 180 of what the Pirates have done the last few...
Bud Norris made his first start for the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night and defeated his former team the Houston Astros. Norris, 28, limited the Astros to two runs over six innings of work to pick up his seventh win of the season.
Chris Davis belted his 39th home run of the season in the game, coming against left hander Travis Blackley.
The win keeps the Orioles 5.5 games behind...
The Orioles have already traded for two pitchers this month but they believe they may need more to keep up with the Rays and Red Sox in the AL East.
Orioles people have been asking around about starting pitchers with Jason Vargas of the Angels one interesting possibility. Vargas has been on the disabled list since June because of a blood clot in his left armpit but the reports on...
As if yesterday wasn't crazy enough, today we move right into the trade deadline. Here's where things currently stand:
Early in the day yesterday, we heard the Pirates were very interested in Bud Norris and "close" to a deal on Alex Rios. By the time the second game started, there were reports out that the Pirates' interest had cooled on both fronts. Jeff...