Astros rumors: Bud Norris next to go?

The Houston Astros traded shortstop Jed Lowrie Monday, but he may not be the last member of the team shipped this winter. Right-hander Bud Norris is available and drawing interested, and he could be traded before the offseason is through, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Norris, who turns 28 on March 2, is available and drawing interest, according to major-league sources.

Rosenthal notes that the Astros are still motivated to move whatever veteran players they can to fulfill their goal of acquiring young talent so they can field a more competitive club in the future.

The Astros have added several arms this winter, giving them eight candidates for their starting rotation. Houston has acquired Brad Peacock, Philip Humber, John Ely and Alex White to go along with in-house candidates.

For this reason, the Astros appear to be willing to move Norris for the right price. Norris owns a career ERA and WHIP of 4.42 and 1.402 with a 2.32 strikeout-to-walk ratio over four years in the majors.

The Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals expressed varying levels of interest in Norris at the winter meetings, according to Rosenthal.

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