After making a boat load of moves this offseason to fill obvious holes on the position player end, plus one pitcher, the Angels switched back to the pitching side with this:
Source: Angels have signed Bud Norris to a minor league deal. He'll compete for a rotation spot in spring training.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 30, 2017
Norris seems like he’s been around for a long time, but is still only 31. Last season with the Dodgers and Braves, he posted a 5.10 ERA with a 8.1 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 in 113 innings, and lost his rotation spot after a horrible April. Moving to the bullpen saved his season by logging a 2.08 ERA in 47 2/3 innings that included five more starts as well.
Unfortunately after being traded to Chavez Ravine, Bud finished up with a 6.54 ERA. This brought his market down to where he will have to fight for a rotation spot with the Halos in 2017.
There was a time from 2011 through 2014 when Norris was a decent mid-to-back-end starting pitcher. However, the last two season have not been nice to him. Should he continue to struggle as a starter in 2017, there’s a good chance the Angels will have another solid right-handed bullpen piece.
That would provide flexibility considering Jessie Chavez is basically serving the same role as a swing man.
Norris still has to make the big club. As far as the details of the contract, here’s Jon Heyman:
bud norris gets $1.75M plus incentives on his angels minors deal, assuming he's in majors
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 30, 2017