The Los Angeles Dodgers have struck a deal with the Atlanta Braves to acquire right-handed pitcher Bud Norris, outfielder Dian Toscano, a player to be named later and cash considerations, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Norris has been great in his last five starts, posting a 2.15 ERA and striking out 29 batters while walking just eight in 29 1/3 innings. The Dodgers rotation could definitely use another starter, especially after Clayton Kershaw was placed on the 15-day disabled list this morning. Norris last start was on June 26, so he could start in place of Kershaw tomorrow if needed.
Norris, 31, has posted a 4.22 ERA and a 60-to-28 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings for Atlanta. He got off to a slow start in April, but turned it around in May after adding a cutter to his arsenal and getting rid of his changeup. Norris has posted a 2.08 ERA in 47 1/3 innings since April.
Toscano, 27, was signed out of Cuba by Atlanta in 2015 to a four-year deal worth $6 million. He has struggled in his first full season in the Braves farm system, putting up a slash of .226/.310/.271 in 203 plate appearances, with just five extra base hits and two stolen bases for Double-A Mississippi.
Dirks, 23, was a 15th round pick by the Braves in 2014 and Atlanta sent him and Jordan Paroubeck to the Dodgers last season in exchange for an international bonus slot. Dirks has done a great job out of the bullpen this season, putting up a 1.44 ERA in 31 1/3 innings, while posting a 35-to-7 K/BB ratio for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers.
Pfeifer, 23, was drafted in the third-round last year by the Dodgers. He’s played in both Class-A and Class-A Advanced this season, posting a 2.67 ERA in 30 1/3 innings with a 42-to-18 K/BB ratio.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 30, 2016
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 30, 2016
Bud Norris last 5 starts: 2.15ERA, 29K, 8BB in 29.1IP, 0HR
— CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) June 30, 2016
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) June 30, 2016