Eight days after he was designated for assignment, the Orioles released Bud Norris on Saturday. Norris is now free to sign with any team.
The Orioles tried without success to trade Norris, who struggled to a 2-9 record with a 7.06 ERA. Last year, he was 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA.
Norris signed a one-year contract for $8.8 million, and the Orioles are responsible for the remaining third. If Norris signs with another team, as he is expected to, that team would pay him the major league minimum, and the Orioles would be responsible for the rest.
"Unfortunately, the club didn't find a trade partner for Bud Norris and obviously everyone was disappointed with 2015 after Bud won 15 games in 2014 and the clinching game of the division series," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette wrote in a text message.
Chris Parmelee was also designated for assignment on July 31, and the team has tried to trade him, too. Travis Snider was designated on Friday, and it’s possible the Orioles will find a taker for him.