Cardinals officially sign RHP Norris to one-year deal

Reuters

The St. Louis Cardinals officially signed free agent right-hander Bud Norris to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

He will be at the Cardinals' spring training camp that opened Wednesday with the first workout for pitchers and catchers. The Cardinals are dealing with an overhauled bullpen and enter spring training without certainty as to the order of relievers in late innings.

Norris, 32, appeared in a career single-season high 60 games (57 in relief) for the Los Angeles Angels last season. He led the team with 19 saves, ranking 10th among American League closers.

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The veteran of nine major league seasons owns a career mark of 68-84 with a 4.49 ERA in 291 games (188 starts) with Houston (2009-13), Baltimore (2013-15), San Diego (2015), Atlanta (2016), Los Angeles Dodgers (2016) and the Angels (2017).

Norris' saves last season were the first of his career as he converted 19 of 23 opportunities. He struck out 74 batters in 62 innings pitched. He had two stints on the disabled list last season due to right knee inflammation, but returned to pitch in six games down the stretch, including starts in his final two appearances of the season.

Norris won a career-high 15 games for Baltimore in 2014, helping the Orioles to the American League East title.

To make room for Norris on the team's 40-man major league roster, the Cardinals designated right-hander Rowan Wick for assignment.

--Field Level Media

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