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The Bud Norris trade may be the funniest ever

(USA Today)It seemed like Houston Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris had almost been traded to at least 23 MLB teams this season. When a deal finally happened — sending Norris to the Baltimore Orioles shortly before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline — it became a joke for baseball's history book.

Not because it was a bad trade or anything, but because the names were awesome. The Orioles gave the Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes and pitcher Josh Hader in return for Norris, effectively trading bud for hoes. If only Hader's surname was one letter different, it could have been bud traded for hoes and a hater. It's nearly a rap song or a Dave Chappelle skit.

Needless to say, the jokes were aplenty:

While the Orioles should be happy to add Norris and his 3.93 ERA to their pitching staff, Houston rappers ought to be happy to have Hoes in town. We're looking at you, Slim Thug.

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