Finally, after months of speculation, Bud Norris has been traded. One of the three speculated teams landed Norris right at the 3:00 pm central time trade deadline. The Baltimore Orioles acquired Norris, and for them it was much needed as the Red Sox landed RHP Jake Peavy last night. The newly acquired Norris had to just walk across the hall to the home clubhouse as the Astros are currently in Baltimore for a three game series. The same can be said about 23 year old outfielder L.J. Hoes. Hoes had just been called up to the Orioles and was in the starting lineup tonight. He, like Norris, had to just switch clubhouses.
Hoes was hitting .304 in Triple A for the Orioles with a .406 on base percentage. If you don’t know Jeff Luhnow, this is exactly the type of on base guy he likes. Also coming in the trade is left hander Josh Hader and a compensation draft pick. Jeff Luhnow can work wonders with two first round draft picks. As mentioned before, the Astros have one of the top farm systems in baseball, if not the best, and they just got even stronger. LJ Hoes is in the starting line up, batting second and playing right field for the Astros tonight.
It remains unclear if the Astros received boats along with Hoes.