7/31 Roundup: Recapping the Final Day
It was a relatively quiet non-waiver Trade Deadline by some standards, but there was still plenty of news. Here’s a recap of what happened today:
- The Astros dealt two players — starting pitcher Bud Norris to the Orioles and outfielder Jason Maxwell to the Royals. Norris, who was scratched from his Tuesday start in preparation for a deal, will simply have to switch clubhouses tonight in Baltimore.“I’m excited for the opportunity,” Norris told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. “I’m very thankful for Houston and the organization for everything they’ve done for me and given to me. You get drafted by them and come through the Minor League system and play here for four years. Houston’s been my home for a long time. It will be hard to leave a lot of it behind me, but as I look forward I’m excited to play in Baltimore. They’ve got a great city and a great, young team. They play together and play very hard. I’m excited to go to postseason and make a run at something.”
- D-backs starter Ian Kennedy is headed to San Diego, in exchange for Padres left-hander Joe Thatcher, right-hander Matt Stites and a competitive balance pick.In 21 starts this season, Kennedy is 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA. Thatcher has logged a 2.10 ERA in 50 appearances for the Padres.
- The Dodgers acquired catcher Drew Butera from the Twins for a player to be named later. In 186 career games with the Twins, Butera has a .182 (89-for-490) batting average.
- There are plenty of teams that decided to stand pat and not trade away some sought-after players on this final day. They include the Angels (Howie Kendrick), the Phillies (Michael Young and Cliff Lee), the Mariners (Michael Morse and Oliver Perez) and the Cubs (David DeJesus and Nate Schierholtz).
– Joey Nowak