Norris, 30, was designated for assignment by the Orioles last week and released after the team did not work out a trade. He has posted career-worst number in nearly every major statistical category this year. Norris has a 7.06 ERA, 1.643 WHIP and .309 batting average against in 66 1/3 innings.
The Orioles are still on the hook for the rest of Norris’s salary, minus the prorated portion of the league minimum the Padres will cover.
The Padres have a team ERA roughly equivalent to the league average but they play in a notoriously hitter-friendly ballpark. Their staff park-adjusted ERA+ is the third-worst in the majors.
- Dan Gartland