Orioles may listen to trade offers for Norris, Jimenez

The Orioles could consider trading away right-hander Bud Norris this offseason, according to a tweet from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Rosenthal mentions in the same tweet that the club is also reportedly drawing “moderate interest” on veteran starter Ubaldo Jimenez.

Norris is projected to make $7.8 million via arbitration this offseason, according to MLBTradeRumors.com, and the O’s could ultimately decide to move him and spend that money elsewhere. Norris is coming off a solid 2014 campaign in which he posted a 3.65 ERA, but he is scheduled to become a free agent following next season.

As for Jimenez, the O’s may be ready to bail after he notched an unsightly 4.81 ERA over 125 1/3 innings in the first year of a four-year, $50 million contract. Baltimore would certainly have to eat a substantial amount of Jimenez’s remaining contract in order to strike a deal, but the O’s may be more than willing to do that if they can find a trade partner.

— Paul Casella

1 Comment

How about Ricky Nolasco for Jimenez even up. The contracts are very similar and maybe the change of scenery would help both players. The Twins need a lefty starter and Nolasco needs to start fresh to get back in the groove!

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