• Jul

    Orioles acquire Bud Norris

    According to multiple sources and first reported by Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles have acquired right-handed starting pitcher Bud Norris from the Astros for a package headlined by outfielder LJ Hoes and minor league LHP Josh Hader. The deal reportedly involved a Compensation B draft pick and possibly a minor league left-hander. More to come.

    Tony's intial Take: Hoes is a good little ball player but he was not going to play everyday with the Orioles and his lack of power will limit his overall potential as an everyday corner outfielder. Losing Hader hurts a bit because he has a nice upside, but he's in Low-A and has a lot of hurdles to jump through and some believe his upside is truly as a left-handed reliever, not a starter. Norris is sinkerballer who gets ground balls and keeps the ball in the park, two things that should do him well with the Orioles defense behind him. He's under control for two season after this season making him a piece now and in the future. He should replace Jason Hammel in the rotation.

    I'm not thrilled with giving up Hader, but Norris should give the Orioles a solid starter for the rest of this season and the next two as well. The one thing that is for sure, Dan Duquette is not afriad to move prospects for players who will help now. This is a significant change in how the Orioles have done business in the recent past. You have to got back to the Pat Gillick days to se these kinds of trades. Not surprisngly, those were the last time the Orioles were contenders.

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Tony Pente

Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.