The Texas Rangers led the American League in wins last season, but once again faced an early exit from the playoffs. In an effort to gear up for another run in 2017, the Rangers added a starting pitcher on Friday. According to multiple reports, the Rangers have signed free agent righty Tyson Ross to a one-year, $6 million contract. He can also earn more through bonuses. As with all free agent signings, the deal will become official once Ross passes a physical.
Sorry, late in confirming, but, yes, Rangers have agreed to deal with Tyson Ross, per source
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) January 13, 2017
Texas Rangers add Tyson Ross for One Year
Ross, 29, made his big league debut with the Oakland A’s in 2010, and pitched in the Bay Area through the 2012 season. The following year, he moved to the San Diego Padres, and had a breakout year and recorded a 3.17 ERA while splitting time between the bullpen and the rotation. In 2014, his first campaign as a full-time starter, Ross put up some career-best numbers. He struck out 195 batters in 195.2 innings, and won 13 games while pitching to a 2.81 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
In 2015, Ross’ ERA and WHIP regressed somewhat, but he still finished with solid 3.26 and 1.31 marks, respectively. He also improved on his strikeout numbers, fanning 212 in 196 innings. After three strong seasons in a row, Ross looked primed for a big payday when he hit free agency. Unfortunately, that was not to be.
Last season, Ross made just one start before injury struck. He was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, and had to undergo thoracic outlet surgery. A twisted ankle during his rehab process did away with any hope of him pitching again in 2016. However, the surgery was a success, and Ross should be ready for spring training.
If Ross is indeed healthy and can return to the outstanding form he displayed from 2013-2015, the Rangers will a bargain on their hands. Heading into the offseason, Texas desparately needed to address its starting pitching depth. Behind Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish, the Rangers rotation is dangerously thin. Ross should immediately slot in as the third starter, giving Texas a formidable top three.