Bud Norris

Bud Norris

Padres sign Bud Norris to major league contract


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.

Orioles release Bud Norris

Bud Norris

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 designated Bud Norris for assignment

Bud Norris

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.