After trading shortstop Jed Lowrie on Monday, the Houston Astros still might not be done dealing.
Their next player to go could be right-hander Bud Norris, who currently is the Astros’ highest-salaried player at $3 million.
Norris, who turns 28 on March 2, is available and drawing interest, according to major-league sources. The Astros’ motivation for moving him would be the same as it was for all of their other recent deals – to acquire young talent so that they can better compete in the future.
The trade of Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez to the Oakland Athletics for a three-player package that included right-hander Brad Peacock increased the Astros’ rotation depth – and potentially their trade options.
The additions of Peacock and right-handers Philip Humber, John Ely and Alex White give the Astros at least eight candidates for their rotation, including Norris. The team also expects to have a promising group of starters at Triple A.
Norris isn’t the only