JUPITER, Fla. — A pest from the past will be joining the team he bedeviled and will get a chance to thrive in a new role.
Intrigued by Bud Norris' reinvention this past year as a reliever with the Los Angeles Angels, the Cardinals saw him as an option all offseason to add depth to their bullpen, and perhaps an option for their late-inning equation. The Cardinals also see him as an option for the rotation, and will give Norris a chance to be a starter should one of the younger pitchers need more time in the minors.
Norris has agreed to a one-year, major-league deal worth a base salary of $3 million. The agreement is pending a physical, a source tells The Post-Dispatch. That will take place Tuesday afternoon.
He is expected to join the team Wednesday.
The Cardinals will have to make a move with the 40-man roster to clear a spot for the righthander as camp opens. That move will be made Wednesday, once Norris' contract is official.
All the roles in the bullpen have been thrown open for the Cardinals as they look for a setup man and turn to Luke Gregerson as the first-crack closer this spring.
Norris, who turns 33 next month, turned his shot at relieving into a run as the Angels' closer. He finished 35 games for the team and had 19 saves. Overall in 60 games this past season, the righthander had a 4.21 ERA, a 2-6 record, and 74 strikeouts in 62 innings. As a reliever, his strikeout rate was 11.2 per nine innings pitched, and he had a 1.379 WHIP.
As a member of the Houston Astros, Norris often flummoxed the Cardinals as a starter. In 19 games against the Cardinals — 16 of which were starts — Norris had a 3.44 ERA and an 8-7 record.
The Cardinals have not commented on the move. The club's official stance has been not to discuss a deal until a physical is complete.