Rays Sign Jordan Norberto
Update: Jordan Norberto has signed with the Rays, according to his verified Twitter account.
From May 22: The Rays are “believed” to hold interest in signing free-agent reliever Jordan Norberto, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Norberto, 26, threw a career-high 52 innings last season for the Athletics. Shoulder tendinitis ended his season in August. This spring Norberto suffered a sprained elbow, an injury which led the A’s to release him earlier in the month. The report indicates interested teams are willing to wait until the diagnosis on Norberto’s elbow clears up, though it’s unclear if the Rays are included.
When healthy Norberto features a low-to-mid-90s fastball and two mid-80s secondary offerings (a slider and a changeup). His stuff misses bats with regularity, and he’s seemingly improved his once-atrocious control. It’s worth noting Norberto’s career splits portray the southpaw as being more effective against right-handed hitters.
Any team that signs Norberto could benefit from his services over multiple seasons. He’s recorded fewer than two full years of major league service time, meaning he would not be eligible for free agency until after the 2017 season at the earliest.