Just because the Giants have a record that brings them eleven games back of the first place Dodgers does not mean that cannot acquire a piece that will help them for 2014 and beyond. Enter RHP Bud Norris, a controllable piece through the 2015 season, who has put up a FIP and ERA just under 4 this year. Nothing super special, sure, but better than most of what the Giants rotation has done in 2013.
However, it is important to keep in mind…
Houston has been said to be making the price tag on Norris expensive, but understandably so. When Norris to the Pirates rumors were going on, it was said the price tag was RHP Tyler Glasnow, a top ten prospect in the organization in high-A with a mid-90’s fastball. The depth of the farm of the Giants isn’t something that would appear to make a trade for Norris worthwhile for the long-term, but perhaps a multiple-team trade would get the deal done without the Giants having to sacrifice as much from the system.
Jul 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris (20) pitches during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports