The Baltimore Orioles made their third trade in the month of July Wednesday, as the Orioles made a move for Astros ace Bud Norris in exchange for a package involving prospect L.J. Hoes, Old Mill grad and 2011 19th round pick Josh Hader, and a compensation-B draft pick that the Orioles are allowed to trade.
FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal reported the move, and Norris joined fellow pitchers Scott Feldman and Francisco Rodriguez as acquisitions for the Birds.
Norris, 28, is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA this season for the Astros.
He was originally scheduled to start versus the Orioles Tuesday night against Wei-Yin Chen, but was scratched as teams began calling asking for a trade.
Norris, a sixth-round pick of the Astros in the 2006 draft, holds a career mark of 34-44 with a 4.20 ERA.
Manager Buck Showalter and VP of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette were on the phone minutes before the deadline discussing the pieces of the deal, and the package was formally announced until after 4PM.
Norris was on his way to the ballpark when he found out about the move, but was appreciative of the time he had in an Astros uniform.
“I’m excited for opportunity. I’m thankful for Houston and the organization and everything they’ve done,” Norris told reporters.
L.J Hoes, a D.C native and 3rd-round pick by the Orioles in 2008, was recalled by the Orioles on Sunday for a bat off the bench.
He was scheduled to be in the lineup tonight for the Orioles batting ninth in left field, but now with the swap to the Astros, he now will be wearing a Houston uniform and will bat second in right field.
Hader, 19, was 3-6 for a Orioles-minor league leading 2.65 ERA for the Delmarva Shorebirds this season.
Earlier this season, Hader made the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
The Orioles also acquired International Signing Bonus Slot #91 from the Astros on top of Norris.
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