Bud Norris and the Orioles have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $8.8 million contract.
Norris asked for $10.25 million and the Orioles countered at $7.5 million in his final season of arbitration eligibility before hitting the open market as a free agent next winter.
Norris posted a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts for Baltimore last season, logging 165 innings with a 139/52 K/BB ratio at age 29. He has a 3.92 ERA in 216 total innings for the Orioles since they acquired him from the Astros in mid-2013.
Veteran catcher John Buck has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Braves that includes an invitation to spring training.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that the 34-year-old Buck is slated to begin the season at Triple-A, as the Braves go with Christian Bethancourt and 38-year-old A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate.
Buck hasn’t cracked a .700 OPS since 2010, when he made the All-Star game with the Blue Jays. Since then he’s hit just .216 with a .656 OPS in 388 games for five different teams, including the Mariners and Angels last season.
Chris Parmelee, who was dropped by the Twins last month, has signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles that includes an invitation to spring training.
Parmelee was the Twins’ first-round draft pick 2006 and had a huge September debut in 2011, but then hit just .238 with 20 homers and a .675 OPS in 252 games from 2012-2014.
He has enough power and plate discipline to potentially be useful as a part-time first baseman or corner outfielder, but at age 27 there isn’t a ton of upside beyond that.