Cardinals sign RHP Norris

Reuters

Bud Norris agreed to a one-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.

Norris, 32, worked out of the bullpen with the Los Angeles Angels last season and was effective before the All-Star break. A knee injury bothered Norris most of the second half, when his numbers seemed to reflect an issue.

Norris posted 19 saves in 23 chances with a 4.21 ERA in 2017 with 74 strikeouts in 62 innings.

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The Cardinals are dealing with an overhauled bullpen and enter spring training without certainty as to the pecking order of relievers in late innings.

Norris had a 2.23 ERA before the All-Star break. Opponents hit just .183/.272/.275, but Norris posted a 7.01 ERA after mid-July.

Trevor Rosenthal underwent Tommy John surgery, Juan Nicasio signed with the Seattle Mariners in free agency and Seung-hwan Oh also left, joining the Texas Rangers.

Luke Gregerson came on board as a free agent and could be the favorite for the closer's role in 2018.

--Field Level Media

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