The Tampa Bay Rays have a unique way of resurrecting bullpen arms that no one else wanted, and it appears that they’re going to try their luck once again.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 24, 2013
When we last heard from Jordan Norberto, he was being named in the Biogenesis scandal last year, but prior to that, he was once a very productive pitcher with the Oakland A’s. The 27-year-old left-hander threw 52 innings in the big leagues during the 2012 season, and he was quite effective, posting a 2.77 ERA (0.4 WAR) in 39 appearances. The peripherals didn’t indicate that it was particularly sustainable (FIP over a run higher), but alas, he produced.
Norberto always underwent Tommy John surgery last June, and was limited to only 1 minor league appearance during the 2013 season. Susan Slusser reports (see above H/T from Chris Cotillo) that the lefty won’t be able to go through spring training with Tampa Bay due to suspension, but when he’s ready to pitch (both health-wise and legal-wise), he’ll join the organization.
Norberto may not be a high-end talent, but he’s certainly flashed Major-League quality stuff, and if anyone can get that production level out of him, it’s Tampa Bay.