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The Astros are getting calls on Bud Norris

Dec 3, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

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The Astros would prefer to keep shortstop Jed Lowrie, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears that they are willing to listen to offers for right-hander Bud Norris. The Royals are among the clubs who have inquired on Norris and they are also looking at free agent right-hander Shaun Marcum as they continue to look for ways to upgrade their rotation.

Norris, who turns 28 in March, posted a 4.65 ERA and 165/66 K/BB ratio over 168 1/3 innings this past season. While it was a disappointing showing after he had a 3.77 ERA in 2011, his peripherals were virtually the same. Norris is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so the timing makes sense to see what’s out there.

The belief around the league is that the trade market for pitchers could get some more clarity once teams know where Zack Greinke is headed. While the Royals have called on Norris, they would reportedly prefer to land a big-name starting pitcher like James Shields or R.A. Dickey.

  1. bouwel92 - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Come on Astros , what are yall thinking. Trading away one of our better pitchers. Between him and Lucas Harrel we dont have a good rotation. I understand we are trying to rebuild, but trading away out best pitchers will kill is.

  2. bjbeliever - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    so under-rated, pay that man his money.

  3. astrofaninkc - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    It will never happen, but if Luhnow could put together a package that got Myers from the Royals, I’d crap my pants.

    Bring on the ‘thumb downs’. An Astros’ fan can dream. Hell, right now it’s all we have.

    • jeffa43 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:45 AM

      He has swing and miss stuff, and could easily breakout this year. He consistently puts together long stretches where he is good. Really bad short stretches kill his era, and those stretches can be fixed.

      Don’t do this one or Jeff Lose-now (credit to Stex52 for nik.) will start to stick.

      And…. He kills St. Loui.

      • 78mu - Dec 4, 2012 at 4:29 AM

        If the Astros were not moving to the AL, I’d say the Cardinals should get him just so he can’t pitch against them. Had Norris been able to pitch all his games against the Cards he’d have a chance to be the first unanimous choice for the HOF.

    • stex52 - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      I am starting to think that they have fallen in love so much with the rebuild model that they just don’t realize we are not going to support a 100+ loser for too many years in a row. They’d better start keeping some talent.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    If Bud Norris could pitch against the Cardinals every start he would be the prerennial Cy Young award winner.

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