As the trade deadline neared its final minutes, the Baltimore Orioles pulled the trigger on Bud Norris, adding the starting pitcher they had been looking for needed in order to stay competitive in the AL East playoff race.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Houston Astros will be sending Norris to the Orioles in exchange for L.J. Hoes, who was ranked in the preseason as Baltimore’s 12th-best prospect. Rosenthal adds that another player, Josh Hader, will also be going to Houston.
Norris is not a guy that is necessarily going to blow anyone away with his pitching, but he is still young at 28 and is team controlled, making him one of the more attractive starters on this year’s trade market. He had many suitors, but it became clear as the deadline neared its end that Baltimore were going to make a deal.
In acquiring Norris, the Orioles, who currently sit five games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL East title, have made their rotation better in order to compete with the incredibly talented Rays starters and the Boston Red Sox, who used the trade deadline to bolster their own rotation with Jake Peavy.
Baltimore has been a good team this year but their one weakness was in their pitching. While Norris does not compare to what Peavy will bring the Red Sox, he is a nice arm to have and one that will make a difference for the Orioles and their playoff chances.