Angels Sign Bud Norris to Minor-League Deal

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Updated: January 30, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels have signed right-handed pitcher Bud Norris. The Angels have agreed on a one-year deal with Norris and invited him to Spring Training. Norris will compete for the fifth spot in the Angels rotation in 2017. Norris could make up to three million dollars with the Angels.

In 2016 Norris went 6-10 5.10 ERA in 35 games (19 starts) with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. The eight year veteran struggled last season, but could be a strong addition to the Angels team in 2017.

The Angels currently have two players recovering from Tommy John surgery heading into 2017. Both Nick Tropeano and Andrew Heaney are unlikely to be ready by Opening Day. Norris gives the Angels much-needed depth in the rotation.

Injuries crushed the Angels rotation last season. The team does not want the same mistake to happen again. The Norris signing gives the Angels pitching depth. You can never have enough depth, especially pitching depth.

Even with Norris struggling the last few seasons he still offers value to the Angels team. Norris has pitched in over 230 career games in the Major Leagues. He was also a 15 game winner in 2014 with the Baltimore Orioles when he posted a 3.65 ERA over 28 starts.

Norris can still be useful to the Angels even if he does not get the fifth spot in the rotation. In three of the last four seasons Norris has pitched out of the bullpen at some point during the season. Norris could be helpful bullpen depth for the Angels even if does not win a rotation spot.

 

 

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