Norris, 28, had been trying to resurrect his career with Tampa Bay after being released by the Nationals at the end of spring training. Norris slashed a dismal .186/.255/.328 last season for the Padres before being traded to the Nationals in the offseason. He wasn’t much better with the Rays, hitting only .188/.242/.347 in 52 games. In addition to his struggles at the plate, Norris is being investigated by Major League Baseball after an abuse allegation from his former fiancee Kristen Eck.
In six seasons in the majors, Norris has hit only .229/.303/.377 in 609 games. His best year was in 2014 when he hit .270/.361/.403 with 10 homers and 55 RBI and was named an All-Star with the Athletics.
With Norris out of the picture, the Rays will turn to Ramos, a catcher who they signed for two years and $12.5 million in the offseason and has yet to play after recovering from a torn ACL. The 29-year-old hit a blistering .307/.354/.496 with 22 home runs and 80 RBI for the Nationals last year. His season, which featured career highs in every major offensive category, earned him both an All-Star selection and a Silver Slugger award for the first time. Ramos will try to help a Rays team that is 40-36, currently occupies the second wild card spot and is only 2 1⁄2 games back of the Yankees and Red Sox for first in the AL East.