The Bud Norris saga enters its final day. Perhaps. Probably. Definitely maybe.
It wouldn’t be the end of the world if the Astros don’t trade Bud Norris today.
Still, with just hours before the trade deadline, Jeff Luhnow is still entertaining offers for the team’s so-called #1 pitcher.
Here’s the update: Two of the best pitchers available — Jake Peavy and Matt Garza — have been moved. At least two of the teams said to previously have some interest in Norris — Texas and Boston — have filled their needs. Apparently, the leading contenders to acquire Norris’ services are Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Both have plenty of stock in their systems to draw the interest of the Astros.
But, a deal just to make a deal isn’t in the best interest of Houston. Despite his inconsistency and struggles, Norris is still quite valuable with his low $3 million salary and two more arbitration years.
Another possibility: Luhnow could simply be using the deadline as a test round for the winter. By then, he’ll have more options for his rotation and will have a better gauge for Norris’ value. Indeed, more teams could be in play come November and December.
If Norris is in the rotation the rest of the season, it also provides more incubation time for Mike Foltynewicz and Asher Wojciechowski and provides flexibility for Bo Porter.
So what say you on this Final Day?
By the way, if Norris isn’t traded today, it’s unlikely he’ll be traded in August. Once the deadline passes, players must go through revocable waivers to be traded by the “second” deadline August 31. No way Norris clears those waivers as almost every team — even those who aren’t in the current sweepstakes — would claim him.
There is a caveat and exception to the above statement: If the Astros do expose him to waivers and a team claims him, they could make a trade with that club and that club only. Failing that, the team could pull him back, though they wouldn’t be allowed to repeat the process.
It wouldn’t be the end of the world if Norris isn’t traded today.