News

Orioles add starter Norris in trade with Houston

Orioles add starter Norris in trade with Houston

The Baltimore Orioles made another move to bolster their starting pitching. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – The Baltimore Orioles, striving to make up ground in the competitive American League East division, made another move to bolster their starting pitching by swinging a trade deadline deal on Wednesday to acquire Houston Astros starter Bud Norris.

Baltimore (59-48), who earlier this month traded with the Chicago Cubs for right-handed starter Scott Feldman, sent outfield prospect L.J. Hoes, left-hander Josh Hader and a draft pick to the lowly Astros (35-70).

The 28-year-old Norris, 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts for Houston, was thrilled to be entering a pennant race with Baltimore, who stood five games out in the AL East.

“I really wanted to get an opportunity play in the postseason,” Norris said. “You play in the big leagues to go out there to win, to be the best you can be.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity.”

It was a relatively quiet end to Wednesday afternoon’s deadline for non-waiver deals after Tuesday’s three-way deal that involved American League division contenders Detroit and Boston and the fading Chicago White Sox.

The AL-Central leading Tigers (61-45) obtained promising infielder Jose Iglesias from Boston, protecting against the possible suspension of shortstop Jhonny Peralta stemming from Major League Baseball’s probe into doping.

Boston (64-44), one-half game behind Tampa Bay in the East, welcomed aboard starting pitcher Jake Peavy from Chicago (40-64), who in return received prospects to aid in rebuilding, including young power hitter Avisail Garcia from Detroit.

The San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals also picked up established major leaguers.

San Diego obtained starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, 28, from the Arizona Diamondbacks for left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, Class A pitcher Matt Stites and a draft pick.

Kennedy, who finished fourth in the National League Cy Young voting in 2011, had struggled to a 3-8 record with a 5.23 earned run average this season.

“We’re excited to add a starting pitcher of Ian’s pedigree,” Padres general manager Josh Byrnes. “He is under club control through 2015, and we feel he will help us take another step forward as a team.”

Kansas City added outfielder Justin Maxwell in exchange for 20-year-old pitching prospect Kyle Smith.

Recent Headlines

in National, Viral Videos

WATCH: The origin of fireworks

Fresh
17-overlay

The history behind the July Fourth firecrackers that mark our Independence Day celebrations.

in Viral Videos

Miami judge recognizes suspect as middle school classmate

Fresh
20-overlay

A man charged with burglary is moved to tears when he realizes he went to middle school with the judge assigned to his case.

in Viral Videos

This cat doesn’t care about your yoga pose

23-overlay1

This adorable cat has mastered the art of passive aggressive protest.

in Sports

It’s not the Super Bowl, but World Cup will have its parties

world-cup-usa

Soccer fans, wild with excitement, will be at World Cup viewing parties in bars, museums and homes across America.

in Sports

Steph Curry defeats LeBron James again

currylebron

Curry's jersey is the top seller for the first time.