The issue is salary.
Washington Nationals catcher Derek Norris is pretty much ousted by the club’s signing of Matt Wieters. And the Angels are on a short list of likely trade destinations. But with a $4.2 million dollar paycheck, and a decline in the scruffy catcher’s production (.186/.255/.328 in 2016), Billy Eppler and company are nervous about making a deal.
The Nats, however, could release Norris, which would turn him into a low risk/high reward acquisition at a much cheaper price. Much like the possible Wieters situation, this move would create a log jam behind the dish in Anaheim, and it would not be out of the realm of possibility of the Halos finally make a deal involving CJ Cron and Carlos Perez for starting pitching.
According to Norris’ career stats, the 2016 season was an off year, especially due to a .238 BABIP that signals major bad luck when the league average is .300. He also averaged a 2.4 WAR in the previous three seasons, which all by himself would be more than the FanGraphs projection of 1.6 WAR for the current catching duo.
And he’s still only 28 years old.