FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are in the process of finalizing a deal that would net them Bud Norris from Houston in return for outfielder L.J. Hoes and a second player. The Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly says the second player is left-hander Josh Hader. The Astros will also get a competitive balance pick from the Orioles that should come in around 40th overall in next year’s draft.
Rosenthal says the Orioles beat out the Diamondbacks for Norris’s services.
Norris figures to bump Jason Hammel from a Baltimore rotation that also includes Miguel Gonzalez, Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen and Scott Feldman. Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA and a 90/43 K/BB ratio in 126 innings for the Astros this season. He’s making $3 million this year in his first year of arbitration and he’s under control through 2016.
Hoes, 23, was just called up by the Orioles this week after hitting .304/.406/.403 with three homers and seven steals in 365 at-bats for Triple-A Norfolk. The former second baseman doesn’t have the power one wants from a corner outfielder, but he might be a useful part-timer with his on-base skills. The Astros could stick him right on the major league roster after sending Justin Maxwell to Kansas City earlier this afternoon.
Hader, 19, was 3-6 with a 2.65 ERA and a 79/42 K/BB ratio in 85 innings for low Single-A Delmarva this season. He was a 19th-round pick last year, and MLB.com rated him as the Orioles’ No. 5 prospect at midseason.
The Pirates made a play for an unexpected name prior to Wednesday’s trade deadline. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, they tried to land Mark Trumbo from the Angels.
Trumbo, an All-Star last year, has hit .249/.313/.473 with 23 homers and 63 RBI in 406 at-bats this season. PNC Park is a tough place for right-handed power hitters, but Angel Stadium is no piece of cake there, either, and Trumbo can hit them out of anywhere when he gets a hold of one.
Alas, it doesn’t appear that this proposal has any legs. Trumbo is under control through 2016, and he shouldn’t make much more than $4 million or so in arbitration next year. The Angels are viewing him as a building block.
St. Louis may have its Yadier Molina fill-in.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Cardinals are “in discussions to acquire” catcher Dioner Navarro via trade from the rival Cubs.
Navarro has posted an impressive .294/.370/.510 batting line with nine home runs and 20 RBI in 57 games this season for Chicago. He’s a big drop-off defensively from Molina, but you could say the same for just about any catcher in the major leagues.
Molina was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a sprained right knee.
Navarro can become a free agent this November. He’s owed about $750,000.
UPDATE, 3:51 p.m. ET: Rosenthal says the Cardinals’ pursuit of Navarro has slowed because the two teams have been unable to agree on a suitable return package. A deal is now “doubtful.”
UPDATE, 3:35 p.m. ET: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals won’t be getting Navarro.