Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 7/31/13
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The Baltimore Orioles pulled the trigger on a deal as the deadline drew to a close acquiring pitcher Bud Norris from the cellar dweller Houston Astros. The 28-year old Norris has 5 years of major league experience under his belt all on the bump with the Astros. The former 6th round pick boasts a respectable 6-9 record with a 3.93 earned run average pitching for the worst team in baseball this season. Norris is earning $3,000,000 this season and will be arbitration eligible in 2014. The move is two-fold as the Orioles managed keep pace with their division rival Boston Red Sox who acquired hurler Jake Peavy late last night for the stretch drive. The upbeat Orioles currently currently sit 5 games behind the first place Tampa Bay Rays and will be in tough battling for the wild card spot as the season plays out. The Orioles will send 23-year old prospect L.J. Hoes to Houston as the centre-piece in the deal. Hoes is a career .286 hitter with 88 stolen bases in 6 minor league seasons in th...
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