Braves are eyeing Bud Norris

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While I feel like the Braves might be OK without Tim Hudson it’s not my money I’m gambling with. It’s the Braves’ and they seem to feel like they need some starting pitching depth. To that end:

 

Norris is 6-9 with 90 strikeouts and 43 walks in 126 innings. He has posted a 3.93 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 21 starts this season and, really, the Astros don’t have much use for him given where they are on the old success cycle.

Former major league pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in traffic accident

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Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.

The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.

The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: