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Dodgers acquire Bud Norris from the Braves

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Update #2 (3:18 PM EDT): The Dodgers are also receiving minor league outfielder Ian Toscano, a player to be named later, and cash considerations, per the Braves’ official announcement.

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers have acquired starter Bud Norris from the Braves. Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms the deal. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Braves will receive two as yet unknown prospects from the Dodgers.

The Dodgers placed ace Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list on Thursday, adding to their long list of pitching woes. It was reported that they were actively searching for starting pitching help from outside the organization and it didn’t take them long to strike a deal.

Norris, 31, has an uninspiring 4.22 ERA, but he has pitched very well since moving back into the Braves’ rotation on June 4. In five starts, he has given up only seven runs (2.15 ERA) on 21 hits and eight walks with 29 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.

Norris is owed the remainder of his $2.5 million salary for the 2016 season. He can become a free agent after the season.

Tyson Ross opts out of 2020 season

Tyson Ross opts out
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On Monday, Nationals pitcher Joe Ross became one of four players to opt out of the 2020 season due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, Joe’s brother Tyson Ross opted out of the 2020 season as well, per Jon Heyman.

Ross, 33, is currently a free agent. He racked up 35 1/3 disappointing innings for the Tigers last year, posting a 6.11 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 18 walks.

Mike Leake, Ryan Zimmerman, and Ian Desmond are the three other players to have opted out of the 2020 season thus far. None of these players are considered “high risk,” so they are forgoing their salaries and service time.