Friday, December 2, 2016

Hot Stove Update: Derek Norris to the Nationals; Giants Signings

With Wilson Ramos recovering from a torn up knee AND a free agent, the Nationals really had no choice but to move on.  That they did today with a trade of pitching prospect Pedro Avila for Padres catcher Derek Norris.

Norris is coming off a terrible season as the plate.  Yes, he hit 14 HR and stole 9 bases, both decent for a catcher, but oh, the slash line!  .188/.255/.328, 7.9 BB%, 30.3 K%.  That line comes with a BABIP of .238 so maybe there is room for positive regression, but Steamer projects a .225 BA for 2017.  A healthy Wilson Ramos he ain't!

The Padres get to unload Norris' salary and make room for Austin Hedges to take over as the starting catcher with Christian Bethancourt backing up when he is not pitching.


D'Backs non-tendered catcher Welington Castillo who is now a FA and signed C Jeff Mathis.  Will Mathis or Herrmann but the starting catcher?  This one is a bit of a head scratcher and looks like a lot like a salary dump.


Giants signed Ehire Adrianza to a $600 K MLB contract and a $300 K minor league deal.  Adrianza was out of options several years ago.  Does this mean he would not have to clear waivers if sent to the minors?

Giants also signed Cory Gearrin to a 1 year/$1.05 M deal.  I also read that George Kontos signed, but I do not have details.  Gotta think the Gearrin signing pretty much spells the end of Sergio Romo's Giants career, at least for now.

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