Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune shares the news …
Norris was designated for assignment by the Orioles on July 31 and then subsequently released nine days later. He posted a cool 3.65 ERA (106 ERA+) in 28 starts last season for Baltimore but stumbled to a 7.06 ERA in 11 starts and seven relief appearances this season. The 30-year-old right-hander will try to rebuild some value in San Diego before he heads into the free agent market this winter. Norris was making $8.8 million in his final year of salary arbitration. Baltimore is still on the hook for around $2.85 million of that.
The Orioles have released pitcher Bud Norris, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports. The club tried in July to trade the right-hander before the trade deadline, then designated him for assignment on July 31.
Norris, 30, struggled in 11 starts, posting a 6.79 ERA with a 39/19 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He missed nearly a month of the season after a battle with bronchitis. After his final start in June, the Orioles moved him to the bullpen, but Norris didn’t have any more success, allowing 10 runs in 10 2/3 innings.
Norris was a big contributor out of the rotation last year, when he finished with a 3.65 ERA. He’ll find work elsewhere.
The Orioles acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra in a trade with the Brewers on Friday. In order to clear room on the 25-man roster for him, the club designated pitcher Bud Norris for assignment.
Norris, 30, has had a rough year. He compiled a 6.79 ERA in 11 starts through the end of June, which included a stint on the disabled list due to bronchitis. He lost his rotation spot and moved to the bullpen in July, but continued to struggle, allowing 10 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings across seven appearances.
The Orioles explored trade options but ultimately decided to designate him for assignment, MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli reports.
Orioles right-hander Bud Norris has pitched almost exclusively as a starter in the majors, but his season-long struggles have him headed to the bullpen.
According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles manager Buck Showalter made it official today that Kevin Gausman will start Tuesday against the Twins. This pushes Norris into a long relief role.
Norris had a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts last season and made two starts during the postseason, but he has struggled to the tune of a 6.79 ERA over 11 starts this season. His strikeouts (6.3 K/9) are down and his walks (3.1 BB/9) are up, but the big issue has been the home run ball, as he has already allowed 11 of them in just 55 2/3 innings. The Orioles have eyes on another postseason berth, so they couldn’t afford to keep him in the rotation any longer.