Catcher Derek Norris and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a deal, according to Yahoo's Tim Brown. The deal will be an one year deal, according to Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin. The deal is expected to be worth more than $1 million with the chance of additional incentives.
Norris was recently released by the Washington Nationals, after they signed Matt Wieters. After the December trade that sent Norris from San Diego to the nation's capital, many believed Norris could become the Nats' catcher of the future.
Norris, 28, had a bellow average 2016 season with the Padres. In 415 at-bats, Norris collected 77 hits with 9 home runs and 42 RBIs. Norris' best season came in 2014, when he was with the Oakland Athletics. His .270/.361/.403 slash line with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs in 385 at-bats, earned Norris his first and only all-star game appearance.
Norris has spent his five-year big league career with the Oakland Athletics (2012-2014) and the San Diego Padres (2015-2016). Norris was drafted in the fourth round by the Washington Nationals in 2007.