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Derek Norris | Catcher | #23

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 4 (0) / WAS
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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

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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

Derek Norris left Saturday's game against the Rockies with a sprained left middle finger.

Norris came out in the fifth inning after getting hit by a foul tip. Hector Sanchez replaced him behind the plate. Norris went hitless in two at-bats before exiting.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 10:34:00 PM

Derek Norris (shoulder) singled and drew a walk in his return to the lineup Saturday.

Norris was sent for X-rays after taking a foul tip off his right shoulder area Thursday, but apparently everything came back clean. He'll continue to function as the Padres' main catcher in the final weeks.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 08:16:00 AM

Derek Norris was sent for X-rays following Thursday's win over the Rockies after taking a foul tip off his right shoulder area.

The results of the X-rays aren't available at this time. The Padres will be in a sticky situation if Norris has to miss time, as Christian Bethancourt (intercostal) is already out and the club was hoping to wait until September 15 to promote Austin Hedges so that they can have another year of control of him. The team should have an update on Norris later Friday.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 08:22:00 AM

Derek Norris remained with the Padres past Monday's non-waiver trade deadline.

The Padres were reportedly shopping Norris, but they apparently weren't able to find the right fit for him. Players can still be traded in August, but the Padres might wait until the offseason to reevaluate things. Norris is under team control for two more seasons.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 09:50:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, any trade talks involving Derek Norris may need to first wait on a resolution to the Jonathan Lucroy situation.

Teams that are looking to improve behind the plate likely see Norris as a secondary option, or a fallback plan if they are unable to acquire Lucroy from the Brewers. That means that it may take until just before the deadline for a team that missed out on Lucroy to come calling to the Padres.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 11:22:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that Derek Norris "will be the next Padres domino to fall."

The Padres have been active on the trade market and are expected to ship out their top catcher soon. Heyman lists the Rangers, Astros and Brewers as the "main team" involved for Norris. The Brewers are an interesting addition, as they're apparently considered Norris as a replacement for Jonathan Lucroy, who has been dealt to the Indians.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 10:17:00 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Indians contacted the Padres about Derek Norris on Saturday.

The Indians are still considered the frontrunners to land Jonathan Lucroy but if that falls through, it looks like Norris would be their fallback option. The Padres seem to be trading their whole team, so odds are pretty strong that Norris will be wearing a new uniform by August 1.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 11:44:00 PM

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.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 01:20:00 PM

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."
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 05:57:00 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.
Sun, Jul 10, 2016 07:59:00 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.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 08:23:00 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.
Tue, Jul 5, 2016 08:40:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
4Spencer Kieboom
5Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
4Emmanuel Burriss
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Skole
3Brandon Snyder
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
3Brian Goodwin
4Rafael Bautista
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
7Austin Voth
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Blake Treinen
3Sammy Solis
4Trevor Gott
5Oliver Perez
6Koda Glover
7Matt Grace
8Rafael Martin
9Jimmy Cordero
10Austin Adams
11Derek Eitel
12Tim Collins
13Jacob Turner
14Braulio Lara