Norton was a sensational pinch-hitter last year; in 72 tries, he hit .316 .473 .526. In the lineup… not so much, though when he started he did pretty well. There’s a lot of value in a guy who hits like that in pinch situations, but there’s little evidence that it’s a repeatable skill. Norton is nominally a switch-hitter, and nominally a guy who can play all four corner positions. But he hit just .192 from the right side (a problem for a bench player on the heavily lefthanded Braves) and looked shaky in left, though his stats aren’t too bad, better than Infante’s.
Norton is 36, and was never really a good player, just an okay one. He was probably the best option in left field last year anyway, at least against righthanders, but the end can come quickly for guys like this. His biggest problem will be to maintain a half-decent batting average. He hit just .262 last year, .246 for the Braves, but with enough peripheral offense to make up for it. If his average drops any more, it will be hard to keep pace… Like the rest of this team, dreadfully slow. Hasn’t tripled since 2002.