With a handful of non-contenders reportedly deciding to hang on to their best trade chips, the supply of quality pitchers on the market is quite thin. As a result, teams in the playoff hunt are having to look at players they wouldn't otherwise be interested in, and tarnished pieces start looking more attractive given the limited options. However, even for a contender in need of a rotation boost, Bud Norris should not be viewed as the answer to anyone's problems.
The Astros' 28-year-old right-hander will have some superficial appeal due to his 3.93 ERA and multiple years of team control, as he isn't going to be free-agent eligible until after the 2015 season. Unlike other pitchers changing teams this summer, Norris would not just be a rental as he could be penciled into a team's rotation for the next few years. The only problem? Bud Norris isn't particularly good, and shouldn't be trusted to start a game in the playoffs.