Los Angeles Angels pitcher Bud Norris

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Reports: Former Cards-Killer Bud Norris Signs With St. Louis

Reports say the deal is for 1-year, $3 million

February 12, 2018 - 2:28 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Remember Houston Astros rookie, Bud Norris who shut the St. Louis Cardinals out in 13 total innings in 2009? Reportedly, he's now with the Cardinals. 

Norris, 32, arrived in the majors as a starter, but worked mainly as a late-innings reliever last year with the Los Angeles Angels. It was a tale of two halfs, as his ERA went from 2.23 in 36.1 innings (first half), to 7.01 in 25.2 innings (second half). He did have one of the best strikeouts-per-nine rates of his career, at just over 10, in 2017.

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The deal, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, is said to be worth $3 million for one year – pending a physical. Norris had multiple spells on the disabled list with inflammation in his right knee.

Norris could just be more insurance at the closer position, as he did make 19 saves in LA, last year. 

During his first few years in the majors, his name wasn't a welcomed sight in St. Louis. In 2012 with Houston, he had a career record of 28-37 with an ERA of 4.42 – but against the Cardinals, he was 8-5 with an ERA of 2.74. He has pitched against St. Louis more than any other team, with a total of 102 innings. With Houston, from 2009 through 2012, he posted ERA's of 0.00, 3.38, 2.52 and 3.52 against the St. Louis Cardinals – while his overall ERA in those years were 4.53, 4.92, 3.77 and 4.65.