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The Astros have “standing offers” for Bud Norris

Jul 31, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

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Bud Norris makes no sense for an Astros team which seems laser-focused on turning veterans who won’t be part of the next winning Houston team into prospects. So this report from Brian T. Smith of the Chronicle should probably be read as “Bud Norris is going someplace today, we just don’t know where yet”:

The Astros have standing offers for No. 1 starter Bud Norris but are hoping a team increases its pitch during the final hours before a 3 p.m. CT non-waiver trade deadline, a league source with knowledge of negotiations said Wednesday morning.

Smith says the Pirates, Orioles and Dbacks have all shown interest.

Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA who probably allows more base runners than you’d like to see, but he’s been durable and reliable over his career and would help solidify most rotations, even if he’s not some sort of top-end, game-changing kind of talent.

  1. redassranch - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Are they just “sitting” on the offers?

  2. gopackgo5212 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I heard they floated the trade rumor to get teams to up the price. Good negotiation tactic but not sure it worked.

  3. mc1439 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    If baseball nicknames were still prevelant in baseball like they used to be Bud would be Baby Face Norris.

  4. Bob - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    I really hope the Astros can snooker, uh, coax someone to take him. Good, occasionally great stuff, but usually has one bad, multi-run inning in him every start.

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