Greg Norton Rumors

Odds & Ends: Damon, A’s, Beckett, Reynolds, Dye

Sunday links….

Odds & Ends: Braves, Orioles, Pirates

A few notes from around the majors…

  • Veteran Greg Norton tied a major league record in what may be his final season, says's Mark Bowman
  • In another blog entry, Bowman said that though Martin Prado spent some time in the outfield while playing in his native Venezuela, Prado is not a candidate for Atlanta's right field job.
  • MASN's Steve Melewski reports that the Orioles have signed their first Guatemalan player, 17-year-old Manuel Hernandez
  • In a chat on, Pirates president Frank Coonelly said that Andy LaRoche was "open" to the possibility of playing second base next season given some of Pittsburgh's minor-league options at third base (including top prospect Pedro Alvarez).
  • Dick Kaegel of reports on two changes to Kansas City's coaching staff in 2010.

Braves Re-Sign Greg Norton

4:58pm: Norton gets $800K, according to the AP.

3:33pm: According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves re-signed Greg Norton to a one-year deal. confirms the signing.  Norton, 36, hit .246/.361/.427 in 202 plate appearances for the Braves while playing left field and first base.

Odds and Ends: Pudge, Ohman, Manny

Rounding up linkage for Monday…

Braves Acquire Greg Norton

The Braves just put out a press release; they’ve acquired Greg Norton from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Norton, 35, certainly didn’t do anything wrong with the Mariners.  He was 7 for 16 with a couple of doubles before they DFA’d him.  He’s a solid switch-hitting bench bat, a nice pickup for Frank Wren.  We might be able to give Norton a mulligan for his off-year in ’07; he was coming off knee surgery and finished the year with elbow surgery.

Odds and Ends: Colon, Clark, Gagne

Random rumors, let’s round ’em up.

Crawford To Cubs Rumor Shot Down

ESPN 1000’s Bruce Levine suggested yesterday that the Cubs were preparing an offer for Carl Crawford.  However, team officials told Roger Mooney today that there’s nothing brewing.  Apparently the rumor was Rich Hill, Eric Patterson, and a prospect for Crawford.  That doesn’t seem sufficient anyway.  There was even some talk of a three-way deal involving the Brewers and Yankees, which was from Gotham Baseball.  According to Mooney, none of it is for real.  You be the judge.

In other Rays news, they picked up Al Reyes‘ $2.3MM option and passed on Greg Norton at $1MM.  No surprises there. UPDATE: Reyes actually has a $1MM base salary plus $1.3MM in incentives.