Astros deal Maxwell (Royals) and Norris (Orioles)
The Astros made two last-minute deals before Wednesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, shipping outfielder Justin Maxwell to the Royals and starting pitcher Bud Norris to the Orioles.
From the O’s — in a deal first reported by FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and confirmed by MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli — the Astros will receive outfielder L.J. Hoes, a Compensation Round A Pick and minor league left-handed Josh Hader. From the Royals, the Astros will receive minor league right-hander Kyle Smith.
Norris was one of the biggest names floating around the last two days, as he was scratched from his Tuesday start in preparation for a deal. He is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 games (all starts) this season. Hoes, who was slated to play left field for the Orioles on Wednesday night (against the Astros), has appeared in three Major League games over the last two seasons.
Maxwell was hitting .241 with two homers and four home runs in 40 games, but missed two months of the season with a fractured hand. The 29-year-old outfielder led the Astros with 18 home runs last year after being acquired off waivers from the Nationals.
Smith, 20, was the Royals’ fourth-round pick in the 2011 Draft. He is 5-4 this year with a 2.85 ERA in 19 starts with Class-A Wilmington.
That Comp A pick is currently the 33rd pick next year, but subject to change with free agent signings.
— Joey Nowak