Previous reports suggested the Orioles are trying to dump the remainder of Ubaldo Jimenez’s four-year, $50 million contract, but not surprisingly there apparently hasn’t been much interest and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that they “may consider moving” Bud Norris.
Baltimore acquired Norris from Houston in mid-2013 and he’s thrown 216 innings with a 3.92 ERA since the trade, striking out 196 and walking 72. Norris is 30 years old and will be eligible for free agency next offseason, so it’s hard to imagine the Orioles getting a ton considering he’s got a 4.23 career ERA and has never topped 190 innings.
But if the Orioles are stuck with Jimenez and feel the need to clear a spot in the rotation for him, dealing Norris is one solution that wouldn’t have major long-term consequences at least. Clearing his projected $9 million salary off the books might help too.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.