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Derek Norris | Catcher | #25

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 4 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Rays signed C Derek Norris to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.
The deal was reported Friday and is now official. Norris is also owed another $700,000 from the Nationals and will be under team control through 2018. The veteran catcher is coming off an awful season that saw him bat just .186/.255/.328, and he's also been dinged for his defense. However, the Rays are viewing him as an upgrade over Jesus Sucre, Curt Casali and Luke Maile until Wilson Ramos (knee) is ready. Mar 26 - 1:08 PM

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Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reports that Derek Norris is signing with the Rays.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says it will be a straight one-year contract, although Norris is arbitration-eligible in 2018 so the Rays will have two years of control. Robert Murray of FanRag Sports hears that it came down the Rays and Blue Jays and Norris picked the smaller contract because he thinks he'll have a better chance at playing time in Tampa. He should play pretty regularly with the Rays until Wilson Ramos (knee) is ready for catching duties, which probably won't be for a few months into the season. Norris has solid pop for a catcher but is coming off a season where he put up a hideous .186/.255/.328 batting line.
Mar 24 - 2:27 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays remain interested in free agent Derek Norris but are likely "on the outside looking in."

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reported last week that as many as six teams were in on Norris with Tampa Bay being one of them. The Cardinals and Rockies are also known to have interest. The Rays will be without Wilson Ramos for at least the first month and a half, which gives them some incentive to add a catcher. Norris matched a career-high with 14 homers last year but did it while hitting just .186 with 139 strikeouts in 415 at-bats.
Mar 23 - 8:42 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that around six teams have already expressed interest in Derek Norris, who was released by the Nationals on Wednesday.

The Rays have already expressed their interest publicly, and it appears they aren't alone in their pursuit of the veteran backstop. Despite a poor batting average, Norris still provides power and speed from the catcher position, so fantasy owners are holding onto hope that he lands a starting gig someplace.
Mar 18 - 12:23 PM

Nationals released C Derek Norris.

The Nationals picked up Norris in a trade from the Padres over the winter, but he became expendable after the club recently signed Matt Wieters. The two sides agreed to a one-year, $4.2 million deal to avoid arbitration back in January, but because contracts through arbitration are not fully-guaranteed, the Nationals were able to release him by March 15 and only pay him $700,000 (one-sixth of his salary). After finding no takers on the trade front, that's exactly what they did. Norris struggled last season, but he shouldn't be out of a job for long. The Rays have been mentioned as a possibility over the past 24 hours.
Mar 15 - 10:27 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Rays "continue to have conversations about adding catcher Derek Norris."

However, Olney adds that the Rays "are having a good camp" and are "wary of interrupting" the relationship between their catchers and pitching staff. The Nationals have placed Norris on waivers and are trying to trade him "with offers to pay down some of his salary," according to Olney. He'll most likely wind up being released, at which point the Rays or any club could sign him. Wilson Ramos is set to miss at least the first couple months of the season for the Rays and won't be ready to catch full-time until well after that. Tampa is currently set to go into the year with Curt Casali and Luke Maile behind the plate.
Mar 14 - 9:28 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Nationals have placed Derek Norris on waivers.

Norris became expendable when the Nats signed Matt Wieters to a two-year deal last month. The Nationals have been shopping Norris but haven't found any takers yet. At this point, they're probably not going to. It's possible a team could claim Norris off waivers, but then they'd be on the hook for his $4.2 million salary for this year. Because arbitration salaries are non-guaranteed, the Nats will only owe Norris $700,000 if he's released by March 15. For what it's worth, Norris has had a solid spring, hitting .400 with two homers and three RBI.
Mar 11 - 9:50 PM

Derek Norris hit his second home run Thursday and is 5-for-11 this spring.

Norris is doing what he can to try to get teams interested in trading for him. Content with Jose Lobaton as a backup to Matt Wieters, the Nationals will likely cut Norris if they can't find a taker for his $4.2 million salary.
Mar 9 - 4:08 PM

Derek Norris (back) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Norris hadn't played since last Tuesday due to a sore back. The Nats would surely like Norris to show well this spring as they audition him for a possible trade, but they might just wind up releasing him.
Mar 5 - 1:43 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Nationals might soon release Derek Norris.

Washington has been trying to trade Norris since inking Matt Wieters to a two-year, $21 million free agent contract on February 21, but there have been no takers yet. Heyman notes that the Nationals would only have to pay one-sixth of the $4 million Norris is owed in 2017 if they cut him loose by March 15. The 28-year-old catcher batted just .186/.255/.328 in 125 games last season for the Padres. Washington acquired him from San Diego in early December for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila.
Mar 2 - 11:55 AM

Derek Norris homered off Ken Giles as the Nationals edged the Astros 4-3 on Tuesday.

The Nats are hoping Norris gives himself some trade value by hitting well this spring. They acquired him from the Padres in December with the idea that he'd be their starter, but that changed with the Matt Wieters signing and he's again very much available.
Feb 28 - 5:25 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Tuesday that the club is likely to trade Derek Norris after reaching an agreement with free agent catcher Matt Wieters.

Baker said "there's always someone looking for a front line catcher." The Nationals apparently didn't feel secure enough with Norris as their primary backstop, but the feeling is that he'll end up playing elsewhere in 2017 rather than serve as Wieters' backup. The 28-year-old batted just .186/.255/.328 last season, but he's capable of better and he's owed just $4.2 million in 2017. He could draw some interest in the days ahead.
Feb 21 - 2:16 PM

Nationals and C Derek Norris avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million contract.

Norris had a disastrous 2016, batting just .186/.255/.328 with 14 homers. The Nats are counting on a bounce-back season in 2017 after they acquired him via trade last month.
Jan 13 - 12:47 PM

Nationals acquired C Derek Norris from the Padres in exchange for RHP Pedro Avila.

Norris is a former Nationals prospect who was traded to the A's a few years ago in the Gio Gonzalez deal. He's now back with the organization that drafted him, taking the place of free agent Wilson Ramos. Norris had an awful .186/.255/.328 batting line with 14 homers last season in San Diego, but he's not a bad buy-low candidate in a new environment.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 05:07:00 PM

Derek Norris (finger) went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks.

Norris suffered a sprained left middle finger on Saturday and was held out of the starting lineup on Sunday. He should be good to go moving forward.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 08:26:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Wilson Ramos
2Derek Norris
3Jesus Sucre
4Curt Casali
5Luke Maile
1B1Logan Morrison
2Nick Franklin
2B1Brad Miller
2Ryan Brett
SS1Matt Duffy
2Tim Beckham
3Daniel Robertson
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Shane Peterson
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mallex Smith
RF1Steven Souza
2Jason Coats
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Blake Snell
5Matt Andriese
6Chase Whitley
7Austin Pruitt
8Jaime Schultz
9Nathan Eovaldi
Relief Pitcher
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Danny Farquhar
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Shawn Tolleson
7Ryan Garton
8Kevin Gadea
9Tommy Hunter
10Jumbo Diaz
11Justin Marks
12Cory Rasmus
13Diego Moreno