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.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.