After a month of going on the road to track the Astros’ No. 1 starter the Orioles didn’t have to go far to land righthander Bud Norris just before the non-waiver trade deadline at 3 p.m. CT Wednesday. Norris is now set to walk across the hall at Orioles Park to the home clubhouse after starting the series in the visitors’ clubhouse with the Astros. “I can breathe again” Norris said after the deal. “It’s been a stressful but exciting time for me and my family. I’m excited for the opportunity.” The Astros will receive outfielder LJ Hoes minor league lefthander Josh Hader and the Orioles’ competitive balance-round pick in the 2014 draft in exchange for Norris whom the Orioles considered among the top four to five pitchers on the trade market. The move was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. After moving Norris the Astros’ active payroll is about $13 million. Veteran starting pitcher Erik Bedard ($1.1 million) replaces Norris as the Astros’ highest paid player. Hoes will play right field and bat second for the Astros on Wednesday against the Orioles during a 6:05 p.m. contest. He hit .304 for Class AAA Norfolk of the International League this season. “I have a lot of family and friends who were coming to the game (Wednesday)” said Hoes who is from Washington D.C. “Actually they turned around and went home — they’re going to put on some blue stuff. Get rid of the black and orange and put on the blue and orange.” Hader 19 has made 17 starts in Class A this season. The lefthander is 3-6 with a 2.65 ERA. The Orioles have been scouting Norris for about a month. He was originally scheduled to pitch on Tuesday but was pulled from the lineup.
Norris traded to the Orioles for two prospects, draft pick
Houston Chronicle | Aug 1