Phillies Trade Reliever James Norwood to Red Sox for Cash Considerations
According to the Phillies, they have traded right handed reliever James Norwood to the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations.
Norwood had been designated for assignment on June 13th after giving up two runs in the Phillies 14-1 loss to the Arizona D’Backs. Those struggles were a fairly common occurrence in 2022 as Norwood struggled to a 8.31 ERA in 17.1 innings over 20 appearances.
He predictably cleared waivers, but the Phillies were at least able to get something of value for Norwood who they had acquired this offseason from the San Diego Padres in exchange for infielder Kervin Pichardo and cash considerations.
The 28-year-old from New York City was another hard throwing right hander picked up this winter by Dave Dombrowski in the hopes that Norwood would improve behind his 98 mph fastball. Dombrowski was correct that Norwood would throw hard, but his fastball has been battered this season to the tune of a .375 opponents batting average. Despite striking out more than twice the amount of batters he walked, Norwood was unable hone his command and was battered much like his short stints in past seasons for the Cubs and Padres.
Even though the Phillies were only able to get an undisclosed amount of cash for Norwood, I think I can speak for the entire fan base in offering to drive him to Philly International. There is simply no place left on this playoff bound baseball team for relievers who stink.
Here’s looking at you Jose Alvarado…