Norris signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Tuesday which includes an invite to spring training. Norris played in just 53 games last season before being released by the Rays and ultimately suspended following a domestic violence investigation. He hit nine homers in 198 plate appearances and was a plus behind the plate, but his offensive rate stats were downright bad (.271 wOBA, 68 wRC+). It's entirely possible that he'll break camp with Detroit, but he would likely be No. 2 behind James McCann if that were to happen.
Norris was suspended for the rest of the 2017 season following a domestic violence investigation, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. Norris is currently a free agent after being released by Tampa Bay on June 27. The 28-year-old will be eligible to return next season, but was officially placed on the restricted list and deemed ineligible for the remainder of the year.
Norris was released by the Rays on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 28-year-old flashed decent power (nine home runs) this season, but was unable to show any consistency as he slashed .201/.258/.380 with the Rays. Norris will likely latch on elsewhere, but his poor numbers over the past two seasons should temper any expectations.
Norris will be designated for assignment Saturday to clear space for Wilson Ramos's return from the disabled list. Norris just couldn't hack it at the plate for the Rays in Ramos's stead, as he mustered just a .188/.242/.347 batting line over 194 plate appearances. He was similarly bad in 2016 (.186/.255/.328), but it's possible Norris's strong campaigns with the Athletics will convince somebody he's worth a waiver claim.
Norris went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and three runs Friday against the Orioles. Norris clubbed his ninth homer of the season in the third inning to help the Rays pile up nine runs against Ubaldo Jimenez in a home win. Although his batting average is a huge liability, his ability to leave the yard gives him value, especially in leagues that require two starting catchers.