(BALTIMORE) — All Bud Norris had to do on Wednesday was change clubhouses.
The 28-year-old Norris was dealt from the Houston Astros to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder L.J. Hoes and pitching prospect Josh Hader. The Astros happened to be in town playing the Orioles this week, so it was easy for Norris to pack up his gear and walk down the hallway to the opposite clubhouse to join his new team.
“We’ve been trying to bolster our pitching staff, and in Bud Norris we have a pitcher that can give us some quality innings,” said Dan Duquette, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations. “He’s been a very dependable pitcher for Houston over the course of his career.”
Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA and now goes from the team with the worst record in the majors to a team that is fighting for a playoff spot.
“I’m excited for the future,” Norris said. “I pitched my way into this situation to be traded and help out a team. This (Baltimore) team is a young club, they know how to contend. They had an amazing year last year. I just want to be any piece of the puzzle I can to help this team keep pushing to the World Series.”
The Astros went on to blast the Orioles 11-0 on Wednesday night.
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