After signing free agent catcher Matt Wieters, the Nationals are “trying to trade” catcher Derek Norris, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Wieters and Jose Lobaton will likely compete for Washington’s starting catching job, leaving Pedro Severino preparing to open the season in the minors.
Norris struggled at the plate with the Padres last season, hitting .186/.255/.328 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs over 125 games. Though Norris didn’t produce consistently, a handful of teams could pursue catching depth as Opening Day approaches.
Here’s the latest from around the National League East:
- Bartolo Colon is set to take the mound for the Braves on Saturday, which is exciting for all of the Bartolo fans out there.
- It would make sense for Jerad Eickhoff to be Philadelphia’s Opening Day starter, though it doesn’t seem he is a lock.
- Even without a clear ace, the Marlins seem to have a team that can compete for a Wild Card spot in 2017.
- The Mets signed pitcher Wilfredo Boscan to a minor-league deal with an invite to minor league camp.
- The Nationals are still seeking a closer, but to distract us, they signed Matt Wieters.