On Friday, SB Nation and MLB Daily Dish reporter Chris Cotillo reported that the San Diego Padres have signed right-handed pitcher, Tyson Ross, to a minor-league deal.
With his best years as a major leaguer in a Padres uniform, Tyson Ross will return to San Diego this coming 2018 season.
He had a horrible year in Texas last season, and is looking for a chance to resurrect his career with the Friars.
The California native started his career with the Oakland Athletics in 2010, but previously played with the Friars from 2013-2016.
The 6-foot-6 right-hander became a fan favorite among Padres fans, as he had major success with the team, even making the MLB All-Star game in 2014. From 2013-2016, Ross held a 26-35 record, posted a 3.13 ERA, and had over 500 strikeouts with the Pads.
Ross had his best years under the tutelage of Darren Balsley and could very well be a bounce-back candidate for 2018.
The former Berkeley alumni spent his 2017 with the Texas Rangers along with another former Friar in Andrew Cashner. Ross had a rough year as he pitched in 12 games, started 10, and had a 3-3 record with a disastrous 7.71 ERA. The lanky pitcher will be looking to revive his career with the Padres.
Source: Padres have signed Tyson Ross to a minor-league deal.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 29, 2017
This is an excellent signing for the Padres as they get a great clubhouse presence at minimal cost.
With a terrific first couple of months in 2018, Ross could earn enough trade value to earn a pretty penny towards the trade deadline.
Tyson Ross is back with the Padres on a minor league deal. His 2017 did not go well, but if anyone can help him recapture some of his old form, Darren Balsley is a good bet. @ChrisCotillo was first.
— Dennis Lin (@sdutdennislin) December 29, 2017
A.J. Preller is a savvy G.M. and is always prepared to take advantage of a situation.
Ross will be looking to fight for a spot in the starting rotation out of spring training, with players like Jordan Lyles and Colin Rea also fighting for a starting role. Pitching at Petco Park and working with Darren Balsley can easily mean a fruitful 2018 for the 6-foot-6 pitcher.