The Baltimore Orioles acquired starting pitcher Bud Norris from the Houston Astros in the minutes before Wednesday's trade deadline, so in a month added two rotation pieces – Norris and Scott Feldman – along with reliever Francisco Rodriguez.
Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox ahead of them, the Orioles made a month-long push to cover that ground. The Red Sox traded for Jake Peavy on Tuesday. The Rays – with a healthy David Price, and Alex Cobb expected to return in August, and in spite of Matt Moore's recent elbow soreness – have one of the better rotations in the American League.Sitting in third place in the AL East and being outpitched by the
The Orioles did not pick up a top-end pitcher, but neither did they part with an elite prospect in adding depth to their rotation and bullpen. For Norris, they traded outfielder L.J. Hoes, a competitive-balance pick and 19-year-old left-hander Josh Hader. As a result, the Orioles get better today, and the Astros continue to aim for tomorrow.
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