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Now that the draft is over, there’s more focus on what teams can do to acquire that one missing piece to their starting rotation. There has been no one more aggressive in his pursuit for pitching than Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette, who has a good, competitive team, but knows that one veteran starter could make all the difference. By early next week the Houston Astros will have formulated a game plan as to how to approach their veteran assets. Teams are already calling the Astros about Bud Norris, a cheap ($3 million) solution to any contender’s rotation.
Cheap in salary, but he won’t be cheap in acquisition cost. There are other options and Theo Epstein’s Cubs have two of them — Matt Garza and Scott Feldman — veteran pitchers who could fill middle-rotation roles.