MLB trade rumors 2013: Atlanta Braves backing off Bud Norris interest?

Jul 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris (20) pitches during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves interest in Bud Norris hasn’t exactly been quiet but as the Major League Baseball trade deadline looms, it appears their desire for the Houston Astros starter is fading.

Earlier today it was reported that the Braves were seriously looking at Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox and now ESPN’s Jayson Stark says the Braves’ interest in Norris is waning due to his lack of big game experience.

Per Stark:

Also hearing #Braves aren’t roaring down the Bud Norris trail. Lacks big-game experience they would look for if they deal for a starter.

While Peavy isn’t exactly fresh with big game experience either he does have a better track record (say like, a Cy Young award) and has pitched in pennant races before, something Norris has not.

Of course, the Braves have every intention of being involved in such a race and fear Norris’ lack of experience in crucial situations may come back to haunt them.

In addition, Stark says that he spoke with a member of the Braves front office today who informed him that if a deal is made, they’ll likely be focusing on bullpen help:

Clubs that spoke with #Braves today doubtful they’ll trade for a starter. Adamant about not dealing top prospects. Still more focused on pen

Topics: Atlanta Braves, Bud Norris, Houston Astros, MLB Trade Deadline, MLB Trade Rumors

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