San Francisco Giants: What Will Their Rotation Look Like Post-Trade Deadline?

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Bud Norris

June 1, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris (20) pitches during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s where the change occurs.

No, Bud Norris isn’t in the Giants’ rotation at the moment. However, the Giants have interest in the Northern California native and Norris has interest, actually a “dream,” in playing for the team he rooted for growing up. The dots seem to connect. Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports reports that Norris is a “good bet” to be moved.

So, what’s left is for Houston Astros and Giants to reach an agreement on a deal for Norris, which won’t be particularly cheap. Norris is making just $3 million this year, and he is under control through 2015. Both of those qualities give the Astros leverage because they aren’t desperate to trade him.

Should the Giants acquire Norris, he’d slide nicely into the No. 3 spot in the rotation, and the right-lefty pattern wouldn’t change. Plus, the Giants would have him under contract beyond the finals few months of the 2013 campaign. Considering that Cain and Bumgarner are the only Giants starters under contract next year, that’s another perk.