Nationals could release Derek Norris

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that, because the Nationals are unlikely to find a trade partner for catcher Derek Norris, the club is likely to release him. A rival executive said, “Not at $4 million,” referring to the backstop’s salary. The salary is non-guaranteed, so the Nationals can release him and only be on the hook for one-sixth pay.

Norris became expendable once the Nationals agreed to a one-year, $10.5 million contract with Matt Wieters. Jose Lobaton would be the No. 2 in command behind Wieters once Norris is out of the picture.

Last season, Norris hit a paltry .186/.255/.328 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 458 plate appearances.