Rays Reportedly Sign Jordan Norberto
According to former Oakland Athletics left-handed reliever Jordan Norberto he has officially signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. According to Susan Slusser (Twitter) the deal is a minor league deal.
Feliz agradecido de mi Dios el mejor regalo de navidad me dio este Ano ya Es oficial mi contrato con Tampa bays rays pic.twitter.com/ATVbafJdYr
— jordan norberto (@jnorberto77) December 24, 2013
Norberto is recovering from Tommy John surgery and will have to serve his 50-game suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis during his recovery. He has less than 2-years of major league service time and as of now is not eligible for arbitration until 2016 at the earliest (free agent following the 2018 season). In his career the southpaw has had more success versus right handed batters (.202/.322/.333) than left hand batters (.237/.357/.360).
Last year at the end of spring training he was sent to the Oakland Athletics Triple A affiliate Sacramento River Cats but was suffering from a tender elbow that put him on the minor league disabled list after only 3 appearances.
He was a midway through a six week resting/rehab period when the A’s released him. Shortly after his release he filed a grievance against the A’s claiming that he was injured in spring training and should have been placed on the major league disabled list rather than being sent to the minor leagues.
Like so many other pitchers who have tried the rest routine for a strained elbow it didn’t help and on June 20th he had reconstructive Tommy John surgery.
He began the 2011 season pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate Reno Aces where he appeared in 41 games all in relief (6-2, 4.25 ERA). He struck out 54 batters in his 48.2 innings of work and walked 26. On July 31st he was traded along with Brandon Allen to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Brad Ziegler.
He reported directly to the A’s but had a rough 6 appearances allowing 6 earned runs on 8 hits in just 6.2 innings of work. He was unable to command the strike zone walking 7 batters while only striking out 4 leading to his demotion to Sacramento where he finished the year working 8.1 innings allowing one earned run striking out 10 and walking 4.
He had his breakthrough season in 2012 with the A’s. He appeared in 39 games (4-1, 2.77 ERA) working 52 innings and struck out 46 hitters while walking 22. The big negative of his 2012 season were his two stints on the disabled list (May 31 through June 21st and again on August 18th through the end of the season) due to shoulder soreness.