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Report: Blue Jays to sign Bud Norris

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Not about to be outdone by the Phillies on Thursday, the Blue Jays have signed free agent pitcher Bud Norris, SiriusXM’s Craig Mish reports. It’s a minor league contract, per Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

Norris, who turns 34 years old on Saturday, worked out of the bullpen for the Cardinals last season, amassing 28 saves with a 3.59 ERA and a 67/21 K/BB ratio across 57 2/3 innings. He was a starter for most of his career but was converted to a reliever starting in 2015.

The Blue Jays are already set at closer with Ken Giles, but Norris will presumably help bridge the gap to him along with Ryan Tepera and Joe Biagini. Norris will also serve as emergency rotation depth.

Norris made headlines last year for “mercilessly riding” and “badgering” then-teammate Jordan Hicks, the Cardinals’ young flame-throwing reliever. He has also gone on record telling foreign-born players, “If you’re going to come into our country and make our American dollars, you need to respect a game that has been here for over a hundred years.” Hopefully the veteran has cleaned up his act.

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

Adeiny Hechavarría
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On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.

The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.