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.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Tigers agreed to a one-year, $5.25 million with shortstop Jordy Mercer, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.
Mercer, 32, hit .251/.315/.381 with six home runs and 39 RBI in 436 plate appearances for the Pirates last season. His triple-slash line from 2018 is pretty close to his career triple-slash line, so that’s about what the Tigers should expect from him.
Mercer will take over as the full-time shortstop for the Tigers, who lost José Iglesias to free agency. Mercer does have versatility, with the ability to play first, second, and third base as well as the corner outfield in a pinch.