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Derek Norris | Catcher | #33

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 4 (0) / WAS
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Rays designated C Derek Norris for assignment.
It's a tough break for the veteran backstop who went 3-for-3 with a homer run and three runs scored in Friday's lopsided victory, but Wilson Ramos is set to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday. Norris shouldn't be out of work for long as several clubs could use an offensive upgrade behind the plate. Jun 23 - 11:29 PM

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Derek Norris went 3-for-3 with a homer and three runs scored as the Rays clobbered the Orioles 15-5 on Friday.

Norris belted a two-run shot off of Ubaldo Jimenez in the third inning, increasing the Rays' advantage to 9-2. Even with the monster offensive effort, Norris is still hitting a disappointing .201/.258/.380 with nine homers and 24 RBI on the year.
Jun 23 - 10:49 PM

Derek Norris is not in the Rays' lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Athletics.

Norris caught all 10 innings and went 0-for-4 at the plate in Saturday's opener. He'll cede backstop duties to Jesus Sucre in the nightcap.
Jun 10 - 6:33 PM

Derek Norris hit two home runs and drove in three to help the Rays fend off the White Sox 7-5 on Thursday.

Norris hit a solo homer in the third inning before lifting a two-run shot in the fourth. Norris' name has been in the news for less positive reasons in recent days, but until something concrete comes from MLB's investigation of his former fiancee's claims of physical and mental abuse it appears the backstop will remain in the Rays' lineup on most days. The 28-year-old is hitting .200/.263/.367 with seven homers in 45 games this year.
Jun 9 - 12:47 AM

Derek Norris has denied allegations from his former fiancee that he "physically and mentally abused" her during their relationship.

The former fiancee, Kristen Eck, made that claim Tuesday on her personal Instagram account and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported a few hours later that Major League Baseball had launched an official investigation. Here is the statement Norris sent to the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday morning: "First, I want to be absolutely clear that abuse of any form, is completely unacceptable. Allegations regarding this issue are a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly under any circumstances. That being said, in this circumstance, the comments made by my ex-fiancee could not be further from the truth. I have NEVER been physically or emotionally abusive towards her, or anyone else in my life. ... I plan to go above and beyond to assist MLB with their investigation into this matter."
Jun 7 - 10:36 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports Major League Baseball is investigating allegations by Derek Norris' former fiancée that he "physically and mentally abused" her.

Kristen Eck made the allegations on an Instagram post Tuesday, without specifically naming Norris: "I had beautiful moments with a man and I fell in love with a sense of humor and authentic soul that I wanted to spend my life with. I also was physically and emotionally abused by this beautiful man. He gave me a lifestyle most people only dreamed of, but it came at a price." MLB spokesman Pat Courtney indicated to ESPN that the matter is being taken seriously, and that might mean Norris is facing a possible suspension under the league's domestic violence policy. Mets closer Jeurys Familia got a 15-game suspension just before Opening Day even though MLB commissioner Rob Manfred stated that "the evidence reviewed by my office does not support a determination that Mr. Familia physically assaulted his wife, or threatened her or others with physical force or harm." All of these cases are different. It's not worth speculating without more information.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 7 - 6:21 AM

Derek Norris (back) remained out of the Rays' lineup Tuesday.

The Rays expected Norris to be ready to go after Monday's off day, but he'll miss a second straight start with back spasms. Jesus Sucre will fill in again. Tampa Bay also has Daniel Robertson at second base over Brad Miller.
Jun 6 - 2:18 PM

Derek Norris (back) is expected to return to the Rays' lineup Tuesday.

Norris left Saturday's game and is sitting out Sunday due to back spasms, but he's feeling better and is expected to be fine after Monday's off day. Jesus Sucre is catching Sunday.
Jun 4 - 2:55 PM

Derek Norris is back in the Rays' lineup on Monday against the Yankees.

Norris got the day off Sunday, with Jesus Sucre getting a start behind the plate. Tim Beckham has also returned to the lineup Monday.
Apr 10 - 10:28 AM

Derek Norris is absent from the Rays' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a day off. Jesus Sucre will do the catching. The Rays also have Daniel Robertson at shortstop over Tim Beckham.

Derek Norris had a nice day at the dish in Friday's victory over the Blue Jays, going 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI.

Norris also drew a walk and scored a run in the contest. Signed just days before the start of the regular season, Norris has seen nearly all of the playing time behind the plate for the Rays, hitting .214/.250/.214 with four RBI and a stolen base. At this point, he should be started in most two-catcher formats.
Apr 7 - 11:09 PM

Derek Norris is starting at catcher and batting fifth for the Rays in Friday's game against the Blue Jays.

The Rays are starting the same players against lefty Francisco Liriano that they did earlier this week against southpaw CC Sabathia, but Norris and Tim Beckham switched spots in the order, with Beckham moving down to the seven spot. Norris has two hits in his first 11 at-bats this season.
Apr 7 - 2:51 PM

Derek Norris went 1-for-3 with two RBI, a run scored and added a stolen base in a win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

His single in the second inning scored Logan Morrison and Mallex Smith. He followed that good deed by promptly stealing second base. Norris is a large guy but he does have a history of swiping some bags. He nabbed nine steals in 11 attempts last year. He was signed by the Rays just last week after being released by the Nationals. His fantasy owners hope he improves upon his .186 batting average with 14 homers and 42 RBI from last year. He will serve as the Rays' primary catcher until Wilson Ramos recovers from knee surgery.
Apr 5 - 11:58 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2Rickie Weeks
2B1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3Taylor Featherston
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Matt Duffy
3Daniel Robertson
3B1Evan Longoria
2Trevor Plouffe
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Shane Peterson
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mallex Smith
3Peter Bourjos
RF1Steven Souza
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Matt Andriese
5Jacob Faria
6Nathan Eovaldi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Danny Farquhar
5Diego Moreno
6Shawn Tolleson
7Kevin Gadea
8Tommy Hunter
9Chase Whitley
10Jumbo Diaz
11Austin Pruitt
12Jose Alvarado
13Erasmo Ramirez