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Cardinals sign Bud Norris to 1-year deal

The righty excelled out of the bullpen last year for the Angels.

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The Cardinals have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with righty Bud Norris, a source confirmed to SB Nation. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first on the deal.

Norris, who turns 33 in March, posted a 4.21 ERA and 3.90 FIP in 60 appearances (three starts) for the Angels last year. Primarily a starter throughout his career, Norris worked mainly as a reliever for the first time in nine major-league seasons, even saving 19 games for the Halos.

Norris joins Dominic Leone and Luke Gregerson as newcomers to the Cardinals bullpen this winter, joining a group that will also include Matt Bowman, Brett Cecil and Tyler Lyons. Three relievers who spent time with the Cards in 2017 -- Juan Nicasio, Seung-hwan Oh and Zach Duke -- have signed elsewhere this offseason.

Norris posted a 2.23 ERA and 11.6 K/9 in the first half of last season before missing time due to a knee injury and then struggling to a 7.01 ERA in the second half. St. Louis will hope Norris can return to the form that led to his success before the All-Star break and is clearly confident enough in that resurgence to guarantee a 40-man roster spot.

The Cardinals are the seventh team for Norris since he made his debut in 2009, joining the Astros, Orioles, Padres, Braves, Dodgers and Angels.