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Report: Blue Jays to sign Bud Norris

St. Louis Cardinals  v Detroit Tigers

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 08: Bud Norris #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the bottom of the ninth inning during a MLB game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 8, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the 4-3. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

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Not about to be outdone by the Phillies on Thursday, the Blue Jays have signed free agent pitcher Bud Norris, SiriusXM’s Craig Mish reports. It’s a minor league contract, per Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

Norris, who turns 34 years old on Saturday, worked out of the bullpen for the Cardinals last season, amassing 28 saves with a 3.59 ERA and a 67/21 K/BB ratio across 57 2/3 innings. He was a starter for most of his career but was converted to a reliever starting in 2015.

The Blue Jays are already set at closer with Ken Giles, but Norris will presumably help bridge the gap to him along with Ryan Tepera and Joe Biagini. Norris will also serve as emergency rotation depth.

Norris made headlines last year for “mercilessly riding” and “badgering” then-teammate Jordan Hicks, the Cardinals’ young flame-throwing reliever. He has also gone on record telling foreign-born players, “If you’re going to come into our country and make our American dollars, you need to respect a game that has been here for over a hundred years.” Hopefully the veteran has cleaned up his act.

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