IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN — to the non-waiver trade deadline.
Tweets continue to roll in from the national baseball writers on the inner workings of some last minute deals. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Orioles are “not strong on Justin Morneau” saying “the money just doesn’t match for them.” Neither do his numbers against left handed pitching.
.239/.283/.336. No thanks.
Several reports indicate that the Orioles are still interested in Astros starter Bud Norris. Initially Houston’s asking price for Norris seemed to be sky-high as he’s a guy under team control through 2015. While Norris would add depth to the O’s starting five, he’s not a top of the rotation talent. His 6.38 ERA in four starts in July is also a bit troublesome.
The O’s already added a back-end-of-the-rotation guy in Scott Feldman. Unless they can acquire Norris on the cheap, I don’t see that move happening either.