According to Rosenthal, Norris is a potential free agent who is currently working the early innings out of Baltimore’s bullpen and is still owed nearly $4 million by the club. He was brought aboard the O’s in July of 2013 in a trade with the Houston Astros after consistent struggles as a starter with the club.
Thus far into the 2015 season, Norris has made 11 starts, with a 6.82 ERA in a total of 15 games. Norris owns a record of 2-9 and has pitched 60.2 innings this season. Prior to joining the Orioles, the 30-year-old right-hander had pitched with the Astros since 2009, where he once seemed to be who they needed and then suddenly fell through, giving the club no other option but to send him out elsewhere. Norris is currently represented by the Wasserman Media Group.
Earlier today, Orioles GM Dan Duquette said that his team was a deadline buyer regardless of its record over the next week and a half, with his primary focus being to add an outfield bat and pitching depth.
In his career, Norris owns a 4.40 ERA in a total of 966.1 innings with a record of 55-66, having made 166 career starts.
Norris still averages 93.4 mph on his fastball with a career high 41.8 percent ground ball rate, which with a small change in scenery might be exactly what he needs to get back to the way he used to be. If he can find his old self once again, he may be able to contribute to a team with postseason aspirations.