August 8, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jordan Norberto (77) pitches the ball against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays reportedly sign pitcher Jordan Norberto to Minor League contract

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.

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.

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