According to Ken Rosenthal (via Twitter):
#Orioles agree to acquire Norris from #Astros for Hoes and another piece. Finalizing now.”
Additionally the Astros will receive Josh Hader (according to numerous sources).
The Orioles Fallout:
It’s another boost for the Orioles rotation, though he is a risky one. Norris owns a career 4.33 ERA and has always pitched much better at home than on the road:
- Home – 3.38 ERA
- Road – 5.46 ERA
Exactly who’s spot he takes in the rotation remains to be seen. Regardless, don’t look for a major boost in value for Norris.
Besides the home/road split, his K/9 is down this season (his first in the AL) as it currently stands at 6.43. He also continues to be hit hard with a 20.7% line drive rate (20.4% for his career). He has potential, but is a very risky option. Don’t look for his fantasy value to change much.
The Astros Fallout:
With Justin Maxwell traded earlier today, Hoes can step immediately into the lineup. Recently ranked by mlb.com as the Orioles 7th best prospect, he hit .304 with 3 HR, 40 RBI, 62 R and 7 SB over 365 AB at Triple-A. More impressive is his 56 K vs. 58 BB.
According to mlb.com:
“He projects to to be an average hitter now, using a controlled swing that makes consistent contact to all fields, and there might be more power to come in the future. He continues to be willing to take walks and while he doesn’t have particularly good speed, he has excellent baserunning instincts.”
In other words, don’t expect a major impact.
Hader is a 19-year old LHP currently at Single-A. He has a 2.65 ERA, 79 K and 42 BB over 85.0 IP. Obviously there’s a lot of work to be done in regards to his control and he’s a long ways off from making an impact.