The Red Sox seem determined to add a piece to their bullpen before the MLB Trade Deadline on Tuesday afternoon. Boston does not exactly have an Achilles heel this season with 74 wins already in the books, but relief pitching is the closest thing. Kirby Yates Brad Ziegler Red Sox MLB Trade Rumors all seem to be available, as does Bud Norris.At this stage the pitchers most likely to land with the Red Sox look to be Miami’s Brad Ziegler, St. Louis’ Bud Norris, or San Diego’s Kirby Yates.Jon Heyman has consistently mentioned the Red Sox as a top destination for Ziegler. He most recently tweeted: “Contenders still seeking relief: Red Sox, Braves, Cubs, Mariners, Phillies, Pirates, DBacks, Dodgers. Many mentioned on the market: Yates, Kela, Iglesias, Diekman, Steckenrider, Barraclough, Conley, Clippard, Avilan, Loup, Givens, Romo, Alvarez, Duke, Ziegler, Avilan, Axford, Rodney.”MLB analyst Jim Bowden reported yesterday that the Red Sox were one of four teams … [Read more...] about Kirby Yates Brad Ziegler Red Sox MLB Trade Rumors Bud Norris too?
The season that changed everything for Bud Norris ended with two scoreless innings of relief at Dodger Stadium and a car packed for the long drive north, toward the Bay Area. The previous 12 months had taken him to Baltimore and San Diego, to a speedboat bouncing across the Andaman Sea, to an elephant sanctuary in Phuket, to the neon wonderland of Macau for a welterweight bout, and, finally, exhausted, to somewhere just as exotic: the bullpen.He had gone to the disabled list, to a specialist at Johns Hopkins, to Stanford, and to a dark corner of his apartment desperate for sleep, only to be lured out by his mom’s chicken soup.A sudden and confusing illness ravaged his 2015 season, turned his career inside out and brought him to this spot in early October: the road home. Eager to put the year behind him, he pulled onto the interstate and had no idea what was ahead. “It was like 2015 tore me in directions that I didn’t even know were possible,” Norris says. … [Read more...] about Once on the cusp of baseball riches, Bud Norris ‘putting it all back together’ in St. Louis
In the playoff mix for a second straight year, the Baltimore Orioles made the biggest move on a quiet trade-deadline day, acquiring Bud Norris to keep pace with the Boston Red Sox. Hoping to catch the NL West-leading Dodgers, the Arizona Diamondbacks filled a hole in their bullpen Wednesday by sending struggling 20-game winner Ian Kennedy to San Diego for lefty reliever Joe Thatcher. Boston put the pressure on Baltimore by picking up 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox less than 24 hours earlier in a three-team trade. The deal was finalized quickly in part because the Detroit Tigers were eager to protect themselves in case shortstop Jhonny Peralta is suspended for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal. "The frank reality is that I do not know what is going to happen with Jhonny, but with this move, we now feel well protected if there is a long suspension," Tigers general manager David Dombrowski said. With all eyes on the … [Read more...] about Orioles get Bud Norris; Padres Ian Kennedy in quiet trade-deadline day
JUPITER, Fla. • The Philadelphia Phillies had a lefthanded pitcher named Tommy Underwood in the 1970s, and he had beaten the Cardinals five times in a row in 1975-76. That’s when general manager Bing Devine decided to acquire him at the trading deadline in 1977, sending talented outfielder Bake McBride to Philadelphia. But Underwood was not facing the Cardinals any more, and he wound up that season going 6-9 with them and was moved to Toronto before the next season. Now here is Bud Norris. Even though the Cardinals more or less evened the score with Norris as the years went on, diehard fans won’t forget the start of Norris’ career with the Houston Astros. His first big-league win was a 2-0 triumph over the Cardinals on Aug. 2, 2009 at Busch Stadium. Later in the season, Norris beat them 3-0. The next year, he extended his winning streak to four games against them and at the end of his first 28 innings against the Cardinals, he had allowed just one earned run. … [Read more...] about Bud Norris ‘honored’ to be with Cardinals
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher Bud Norris and the St. Louis Cardinals finalized a $3 million, one-year contract on Wednesday as the team started spring training workouts. The 32-year-old right-hander led the Los Angeles Angels with 19 saves in 23 chances last season. He went 2-6 with a 4.23 ERA in three starts and 57 relief appearances, striking out 74 in 62 innings. He is 68-84 with a 4.49 ERA over nine major league seasons, making 188 starts and 103 relief appearances with Houston (2009-13), Baltimore (2013-15), San Diego (2015), Atlanta (2016), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2016) and the Angels. He can earn additional performance bonuses: $250,000 each for five, 10, 15 and 20 starts, and $200,000 apiece for 40, 50 and 60 relief appearances. To clear a roster spot, right-hander Rowan Wick was designated for assignment. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball … [Read more...] about Bud Norris, Cardinals finalize $3 million, 1-year contract