In the last few months Derek Norris has been traded, released and then signed. Quite the roller coaster of the offseason, but with Opening Day a few weeks away, it appears he's found himself a home for the 2017 campaign in Tampa Bay with the Rays, according to a report from Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.
The 2014 All-Star was dealt to Washington back in December after an abysmal 2016 campaign which saw him hit just .185 in 125 games. At the time of the deal, it seemed that Norris would be holding down the fort behind the dish until prospect catcher Pedro Severino was ready for everyday work.
When Matt Wieters was signed by the Nats though, Norris suddenly found himself on the outside looking in. Washington explored a trade for the 28-year-old, but no suitors emerged leaving the Nats with no choice but to grant him his unconditional release.
To be completely honest, this signing doesn't make a whole lot of sense from the Rays standpoint. While they will be missing Wilson Ramos to start the year, they already have Luke Maile and Curt Casali to fill the void. Norris doesn't present himself to be much of an upgrade if at all, and as a matter of fact, him and Casali are incredibly similar players.
When Ramos comes back, there's going to be a logjam of four catchers, with Ramos being the obvious incumbent starter. That's going to leave someone out of luck and there's a totally real chance it's Norris, drawing curiosity of why he signed with the Rays despite there being other rumored suitors.