Bud Norris Traded to the Orioles For Hoes

The Pirates don't seem to be aggressively pursuing Bud Norris.

The Pirates don’t seem to be aggressively pursuing Bud Norris.

A few rumors on the Bud Norris front just came out. Jayson Stark says the Astros seem to be collecting final offers and that the price is still high.

Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle says that the Pirates are still linked, along with Baltimore and Arizona.

However, Jon Heyman says the Pirates don’t seem to be aggressively pursuing Norris.

Yesterday we heard rumors that Norris could be on the move, and that the Pirates could be a landing point. However, every rumor that has come out since the initial report makes it seem like the Pirates have little interest. They shouldn’t have much interest, since starting pitching isn’t a need and the Astros are asking a lot for Norris. I don’t think Norris would be one of the five best starters in the rotation right now. Even if they needed depth, they aren’t short on options, as we saw with Brandon Cumpton last night. There seems to be no reason to make a move for Norris.

UPDATE 12:43 PM: Rob Biertempfel says the Astros would consider lower level prospects for Norris.

The Pirates have a ton of lower level depth, and a lot of interesting guys. There would probably be some appeal for the Astros. But again, Norris isn’t an upgrade. There’s no need to add him.

UPDATE 2:24 PM: Ken Rosenthal says the Pirates, Orioles, and Diamondbacks have been in touch with the Astros, and talks have accelerated in the last hour.

Jayson Stark says there’s a 75% chance Norris could be dealt.

UPDATE 3:36 PM: Ken Rosenthal says Norris goes to the Orioles.

Some related music to celebrate Norris getting dealt elsewhere.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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