Cardinals Add Relief Help, Sign Bud Norris

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 28: Bud Norris #20 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 28, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals have had a busy offseason, and apparently they aren’t quite done. On Monday, the Angels inked a deal with free agent reliever Bud Norris. According to reports, the contract will pan just one season, and will pay Norris $3 million for 2018. The veteran right-hander must first pass a physical, but the deal is expected to go through.

Cardinals Add Relief Help, Sign Bud Norris

Norris, 32, debuted in 2009 with the Houston Astros, and has since seen time with the Baltimore Orioles, the San Diego Padres, the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and, most recently, the Los Angeles Angels. He has served both as a starter and a reliever over the years, but is primarily a relief pitcher.

In 2014, while a full-time starter for the Orioles, Norris made 28 starts and recorded arguably his best statistical season. En route to a 1.9 WAR, Norris won 15 games, struck out 139 batters, and accumulated a 3.65 ERA. That was his final season as a regular starter

Most recently, with the Angels, Norris turned in a relatively strong performance. In each month from April through June, Norris held an ERA of 3.18 or lower, saved 11 games, and struck out 42 while walking just 13. However, a midseasons knee injury derailed his campaign, and he struggled through July and August.

Finally, in September, it seemed as though he was getting back on track. He turned in a 3.27 ERA in 11 September innings. If that continues into the start of the 2018 season and the Cardinals get the Norris of April, May, June, and September, St. Louis will have added a very strong option to their bullpen.

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Josh has been with Last Word On Sports since 2014, and served as a writer and editor before being promoted to Baseball Department Head in August of 2015. In August of 2017, he stepped back down to editor. He previously wrote for the Daily Nexus and the Athletics Communications Department at UCSB, where received a degree in History. Josh got his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2015. He's also a huge Red Sox fan.