The Nationals rumored deal with free agent reliever Bud Norris has reportedly fallen through.

The team had shown interest in the 34-year-old right hander to help bolster their struggling bullpen.

Norris had an MRI done Wednesday in West Palm Beach, but with the Nationals in need of immediate help, the team decided that they will be pursuing other options. 

The righty put together an impressive 2018 campaign with the St. Louis Cardinals, recording a career best 28 saves, as well as sporting a respectable 3.33 ERA.

Norris initially had a minor league contract in place with the Toronto Blue Jays before the start of the 2019 season, but was released by the club earlier last week.