Just 3½ months after trading for Derek Norris and penciling him in as their starting catcher, the Washington Nationals released him on Wednesday.
Norris became expendable in February, when the Nationals signed four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters.
By releasing Norris ahead of a deadline later this week, the Nationals owe him $688,525 in termination pay, instead of his full $4.2 million salary for 2017. Had the club released him later in spring training, the termination pay would have increased to $1,032,787.
Originally a first-round draft pick by Washington in 2007, Norris was reacquired by the team in December via a trade with the San Diego Padres for minor...