There is a huge market of interest in free agent right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross, who was non-tendered by the San Diego Padres on December 2nd
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports tweets that roughly 20 teams are interested in Ross, while also listing the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Padres, and Pittsburgh Pirates among the teams that have inquired about the availability of Ross on the open market.
The 29-year-old Ross, who is reportedly seeking $9 million per year and above, pitched in only 5.1 innings last season due to chronic issues with his shoulder. He underwent thoracic outlet surgery back in October, and no additional damage was found during the procedure.
Of the reported teams interested in Ross that we know of so far, two of them were in the World Series last season in the Cubs and Indians. If the Cubs net themselves Ross, he would get thrown into a starting rotation mix that features Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, and Mike Montgomery.
With the Indians, Ross would join a rotation that was hit hard with injuries at the end of the regular season in Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin, Trevor Bauer, and Mike Clevinger. The Rangers, Pirates, and Padres each have a unique story.
It could be argued that the Rangers didn’t get very far in the playoffs due to their lackluster starting rotation behind Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish, which would make the signing of Ross a pretty significant one. The Padres have kept in-contact with Ross despite not tendering him a deal, and the Pirates are notoriously known for rejuvenating the careers of various pitchers.
Ross, the definition of the perfect low-risk high reward candidate, has a career 3.64 earned run average with 633 strikeouts over 670.2 innings of work. He was a National League All-Star in 2014.
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