Texas is heavily involved in talks for Chicago Cubs right hander Matt Garza, but with such fierce competition for his services, Norris becomes an attractive fallback option for teams that lose out on Garza. The Rangers are said to be highly motivated to land Garza, but are hedging their bets by engaging the Astros early.
Norris is a year younger than Garza and, more importantly, is under team control for two more seasons. He’s 6-8 through 19 starts this season, but has a very good 3.63 ERA in his first foray into American League competition. Passan lists the Pirates, Dodgers, Giants, and Blue Jays among the other teams with interest in the 28-year-old.
Norris’ contract status brings teams into the mix that aren’t necessarily buying for this season, but looking to improve for next season, which is why teams like San Francisco and Toronto would be looking to get involved in talks for the starting pitcher this month.