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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.

Red Sox shut down David Price for remainder of season

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that starter David Price has been shut down for the remainder of the season during Wednesday’s appearance on WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria.

Price, 34, missed nearly a month between August 5-31 with a wrist injury (TFCC cyst). He returned on September 1, but lasted only two innings against the Angels and hasn’t pitched since.

Price ends a disappointing 2019 season with a 4.28 ERA and a 128/32 K/BB ratio in 107 1/3 innings across 22 starts. He’ll enter the fifth year of his seven-year, $217 million contract in 2020. $96 million remains on the deal.