Jul 9, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris (20) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Are Pirates on the verge of acquiring Bud Norris?

With the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline just a little over 24 hours away, Pittsburgh Pirates’ general manager Neal Huntington is certainly going to be a busy man.

Huntington will be looking to acquire a bat or two to help out the Pirates’ offense and could be in the market for an arm or two as well.

Jul 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris (20) pitches during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

While most trades will go down tomorrow, has Huntington struck early in the form of Houston Astros starter Bud Norris?

According to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, Norris could be dealt today with the potential landing spot in Pittsburgh.

He adds that the Pirates won’t trade center field prospect Gregory Polanco for Norris, which is a wise move, but the Astros do like right-handed pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow.

Passan goes on to write that other teams are still in on Norris, including the Baltimore Orioles and one executive says the Astros are motivated to move him.

Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle says that while Norris hasn’t been informed he’s been traded, all signs point to a deal by the deadline.

It may not be the most popular move among Pirates’ fans for the Bucs to acquire another pitcher, but they likely need another quality arm for the stretch run, something Norris would provide.

Norris has been scratched from his scheduled start tonight against the Orioles, so all signs point to him being dealt.

We will just have to wait and see if Norris is heading to Pittsburgh.

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