10-Year Veteran Hurler Elects Free Agency

It's been a trying season for the veteran southpaw of 10 major league seasons, and after being designated for assignment last week by the Cleveland Guardians, Daniel Norris has cleared waivers and decided to re-enter free agency rather than report to the minors. 

The 30-year-old had signed a minor league deal with the Guardians before the season, but after putting up an ugly 5.60 ERA at Triple-A he still got the call to Cleveland last month. Unfortunately, he had almost no control, walking 11 batters in 10.2 innings pitched, though he limited the damage somehow with a 3.38 ERA. 

Nevertheless, Norris will try his hand catching on with another team for the rest of the season, likely again on a minor league deal.

The lefty was a second-round of the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2011 and had a modicum of success in his first couple of years in the majors with both Toronto and the Detroit Tigers. But he's recorded ERAs in the neighborhood of 5.00 almost every season since then, even after transitioning into a relief role the past few years. 

For his career, Norris carries a 4.68 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP, and has 8.4 K/9 compared to 3.5 BB/9. 

But again, he is a left-hander, so some team somewhere will likely give him another shot. 

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