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Norris now a free agent after Orioles release


Norris now a free agent after Orioles release

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.


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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 


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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 


OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park