By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The Astros are busy before the trade deadline. According to Ken Rosenthal from, the Astros have dealt Bud Norris to the Orioles.

spacer1 Astros Trade Both Norris And Maxwell Before Deadline

Norris, 28-year-old,  has pitched a 3.93 ERA this season with a 1.41 WHIP and a 6-9 record.  Norris is not eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season, and has been with this ballclub since making his debut in 2009. Norris was scratched from last night’s start against the Orioles.

Headed Houston’s way will be minor-league outfielder L.J. Hoes and pitcher Josh Hader.  Hoes is a 23-year-old outfielder and a former third-rounder, has a career minor-league slash line of .286/.366/.380 across parts of six seasons. Hoes also has speed on the bases and though he does not hit for power, he does have a .406 on-base percentage.

Hader, 19, the former 19th-rounder (and Maryland native) has some impressive numbers in his young career: 2.45 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 127 strikeouts in 113 2/3 innings pitched. Hader needs some work on his control, but that’s to be expected of almost any young lefty in the lower levels.

Also, Houston has traded outfielder Justin Maxwell to Kansas City for minor-league RHP Kyle Smith.  Smith, age 20 and a fourth-round pick in 2011, has pitched to a 2.85 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 3.31 K/BB ratio across parts of two minor-league seasons. Smith reached the High-A level this season and has 194 strikeouts in 176 2/3 career innings.


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