Bud Norris, the Astros ace, has been acquired by the Baltimore Orioles. In return, the Astros recieved OF L.J. Hoes and LHP Josh Hader. Norris had been drawing interest from teams in need of starting pitching, and was assumed to be traded before the deadline.
Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA this season. He's delivered 13 quality starts this season, which is 62% of his overall starts. The Astros went 8-13 in his starts, however. Now with a contending team, expect Norris to have a rebounding rest of the season.
L.J. Hoes has not had his first MLB hit in limited action with the Orioles, but did hit .304 for their Triple-A affiliate. He also can boast about an outstanding .406 on-base percentage with the club.
The Orioles are also giving up lefty Josh Hader, who is a starting pitcher for the first time in his professional career. In 17 starts, he has posted a 2.65 ERA down in full-season A ball.
The Orioles have done a lot to try and help them down the stretch into October. This move will go along with Francisco Rodriguez as the two moves made near July 31. I think Norris will continue to deliver the quality starts, and help the Orioles win. This could be the move that gets them a Wild Card.