If the San Francisco Giants are looking to acquire a starting pitcher at the trade deadline, there is one guy who they should start with in their search.
That player is Bud Norris, the ace of the Houston Astros, who would more than welcome a trade to the Giants.
“It gives you goose bumps when you think about it,” Norris told Fox Sports. “Obviously growing up there, being a big Giants fan — and I rooted for the A’s, too, in the area, but I was more of a Giants fan. That’s a possibility. It’s all trade rumors, as they say.”
Norris’ record of 5-7 is not all that impressive, but remember that he pitches for the lowly Astros. That in itself makes his ERA of 3.64 very impressive, and it is the lowest in his four-year career.
Drafted in the sixth round in 2006, Norris has started 112 games in his career, all with the Astros.
Based on that fact alone, you can assume that he would want to join a contending team and start winning.
“But if it were to happen, it would be a dream come true for me to play for my childhood team,” he said. “I’ve (seen) some guys play here for their childhood teams: [former Astros catcher] Chris Snyder, a couple other guys. Whatever happens, I’ll be excited wherever I go to help that team or — if I stay here — to keep helping the Astros. But San Francisco is a lovely place, and I still call it home.”
The Giants are in need of an upgrade at pitching, for the first time in years. Their team ERA is a lofty 4.11, which ranks 20th out of 30 MLB teams.
Worse yet, four of their five starters have ERAs above 4.00, and none of them have been consistent at all this season.
So, if Bud Norris wants to join their team, then GM Brian Sabean should make it happen.