Baseball: Just 31/2 months after trading for Derek Norris and penciling him in as their starting catcher, the Washington Nationals released him Wednesday. Norris became expendable in February, when the Nationals signed four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters, previously with the Orioles. 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 league right-hander Pedro Avila. Norris batted .186 with 14 homers and 42 RBIs with San Diego last season.