The Braves have signed free agent right-handed starting pitcher Bud Norris to a one-year contract. Reports have the deal valued at $2.5 million.
Last season Norris pitched for the Orioles and Padres. He was 3-11 overall with a 6.72 ERA, 100 hits allowed in 83 innings, 31 walks and 71 strikeouts. The season before Norris made 28 starts for the Orioles and was 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA, 149 hits allowed in 165.1 innings, 52 walks and 139 strikeouts.
Norris will likely join Atlanta’s rotation as the veteran, senior member. He will turn 31 next March and that will make him six years older than Shelby Miller, last year’s oldest member of the rotation.
This now opens up the opportunity that either Julio Teheran or Shelby Miller could be traded. There have been various reports of interest in both pitchers from several teams, with the Cubs and Giants mentioned most prominently.
If one of those two veterans could get the Braves an offensive player in return, you can expect a trade to happen. The Braves have tried to maximize the value of their controllable young players. Miller is under control for three more years, while Teheran is under contract for five more seasons.
Last year the Braves’ rotation had a 4.27 ERA, 20th best in MLB and 10th best in the National League.
If the Braves fall out of contention next summer and Norris is doing well, he could be a trade chip to bring more young players to the organization.
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