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Angels sign Bud Norris

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The Angels have signed Bud Norris to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Norris . . . has not had a good go of it in recent years. He posted an ERA of 5.10 last season in 19 starts and 16 relief appearances for the Braves and Dodgers last year. In 2015 he posted a 6.72 ERA with the Orioles and Padres. I suppose if you win 15 games in the bigs like Norris did in 2014 you’re gonna continue to get looks even after it appears you’re toast, however.

The Angels have been hurting for healthy pitching for some time, but one questions if they’ve been hurting this much. Still, it’s a minor league deal and those don’t cost a thing. Someone’s gotta throw the split squad game on the road when the Angels play the Rangers in Surprise.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.