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Derek Norris | Catcher | #3

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Derek Norris is a near-lock to be moved before the trade deadline.
Rosenthal also notes that Norris is a much more likely target for the Rangers than Jonathan Lucroy would be. The 27-year-old is only hitting .204/.263/.279 on the season, though he does have 12 homers, 33 RBI and five stolen bases. The Padres want to move him to create a spot for Austin Hedges to share the catching duties with Christian Bethancourt. Jul 30 - 1:20 PM

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Padres are "pushing hard" to trade Derek Norris.

The Padres like what they've seen out of Christian Bethancourt and Austin Hedges is killing the ball in the minors this season, so it makes sense that they'd want to shop Norris. The 27-year-old has hit an underwhelming .204/.263/.379 this season and is starting to get more expensive in arbitration, but there will surely be some teams that view him as an upgrade to their catching situation. SB Nation's Chris Cotillo hears that the Astros like Norris but "it's unclear if talks are active."
Jul 24 - 5:57 PM

Derek Norris clubbed a solo home run as the Padres fell to the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.

His solo shot off of Kenta Maeda in the fifth inning was the full extent of the Padres offense in the ballgame. Norris hasn't done much in the batting average and on-base departments, but has been a solid source of run production in the middle of the Padres lineup. With his 1-for-3 effort on Sunday, he's now slashing .212/.274/.404 with 12 homers, 33 RBI and four stolen bases.
Jul 10 - 7:59 PM

Derek Norris finished 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks.

Norris was held out of action Tuesday after getting struck on the left elbow by Brandon Drury's bat on Monday. X-rays turned up negative. He drove in a run on a groundout in the fourth inning Wednesday, but it was otherwise a rough night for the 27-year-old catcher. He has 11 home runs and 32 RBI in 72 games this season -- a 21-homer pace -- but you can see the lack of consistency in his .207/.264/.394 batting line. Norris has been a disappointment overall.
Jul 7 - 8:23 AM

Derek Norris underwent precautionary X-rays on his left elbow after Monday's game against the Diamondbacks.

The X-rays came back negative. Norris left Monday's game in the eighth inning after getting on Brandon Drury's followthrough. Christian Betancourt subbed in behind the plate and could draw a start there on Tuesday night. Consider Norris day-to-day.
Jul 5 - 8:40 AM

Derek Norris had a two-run homer and an RBI double in leading the Padres past the Diamondbacks 8-4 on Monday.

Norris has six homers and 19 RBI in his last 22 games. That should help the Padres as they look to trade him for prospects prior to the deadline this month. They don't have to move him, but he's not so good that it makes sense keeping him until they're ready to contend, whenever that might be.
Jul 5 - 2:09 AM

Derek Norris is not in the Padres starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

He'll take a seat in the first game of a brief two-game series against the O's. Christian Bethancourt will suit up behind the plate and bat sixth against Ubaldo Jimenez on Tuesday.
Jun 28 - 7:07 PM

Derek Norris went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Reds.

Not known for his speed, Norris now has a stolen base in each of his past two games and three overall this year. He's been finding ways to contribute in recent days, homering three times with 10 RBI and eight runs scored in his last eight games played. He's hitting a less inspiring .213/.269/.394 overall.
Jun 25 - 8:09 PM

Derek Norris hit a three-run home run, and the Padres bested the Reds 7-4 on Thursday.

The Padres were trailing 4-3 when Norris connected on a JC Ramirez pitch for the three-run bomb in the sixth inning. The homer was his second in as many games and his third in his last five contests, giving him 10 home runs and 25 RBI on the year. The power is nice, but Norris' on-base skills have disappeared completely this year en route to a paltry .215/.266/.402 line overall.
Jun 24 - 12:02 AM

Derek Norris is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mariners.

He'll take a seat for the day game. Christian Bethancourt will start behind the plate and catch right-hander James Shields.
May 31 - 12:49 PM

Derek Norris went 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBI and two walks against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

The Padres need more from Norris, not just so that they can win some games, but also because they want him to drive up his trade value in advance of the deadline. He's hit .224 with four homers in May after finishing April with a .156 average and one homer.
May 28 - 1:25 AM

Derek Norris hit a go-ahead, solo home run in the 12th inning in Saturday's win over the Brewers.

Norris didn't start the game but he helped end it, blasting a solo shot off Brewers reliever Chris Capuano to untie the score in the 12th. It was a much needed homer for Norris, who has just three homers and five RBI in 32 games this season. The catcher is batting just .193/.241/.321 overall.
May 15 - 12:24 AM

X-rays on Derek Norris' injured hand came back negative.

Norris suffered a left hand contusion Thursday when he couldn't get out of the way of a Jimmy Nelson fastball. It will probably take a few days for the swelling to subside. Christian Bethancourt will fill in at catcher Friday against Milwaukee. Consider Norris day-to-day.
May 12 - 11:44 PM

Derek Norris left Thursday's game against the Brewers with a hand contusion.

Jimmy Nelson drilled Norris on the left hand with a 95 mph fastball in the second inning. Norris took his base but was replaced by Christian Betancourt behind the plate in the next half inning. He's likely headed for X-rays. Recent waiver pickup Hector Sanchez could end up coming in handy.
May 12 - 9:12 PM

Derek Norris is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

Norris tweaked his left hip during Friday's game, but he started Saturday so this appears to just be a routine day off. Christian Bethancourt will catch.
May 8 - 1:34 PM

Depth Charts

C1Derek Norris
2Christian Bethancourt
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Cory Spangenberg
2Jemile Weeks
3Adam Rosales
4Ryan Schimpf
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Brett Wallace
3Alexi Amarista
CF1Jon Jay
2Travis Jankowski
RF1Matt Kemp
2Alex Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
S1Tyson Ross
2Christian Friedrich
3Luis Perdomo
4Jarred Cosart
5Edwin Jackson
6Paul Clemens
7Erik Johnson
8Robbie Erlin
9Cesar Vargas
Relief Pitcher
R1Brandon Maurer
2Ryan Buchter
3Matt Thornton
4Brad Hand
5Jon Edwards
6Carlos Villanueva
7Keith Hessler
8Jose Dominguez
9Buddy Baumann
10Carter Capps