Detroit Tigers to sign starter Tyson Ross to 1-year, $5.75 million deal
LAS VEGAS — And now, the Detroit Tigers have a surplus of starting pitchers.
The team has reportedly found a second free agent starter, agreeing to terms with right-hander Tyson Ross on a one-year deal worth $5.75 million, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been officially announced.
Ross, 31, is the latest bounce-back candidate the Tigers are trying to parlay into trade value. In parts of nine seasons with the Athletics, Padres, Rangers and Cardinals, he’s posted a 3.95 ERA and 1.345 WHIP, with 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
Ross underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery at the end of the 2016 season and struggled the next year with the Rangers, but bounced back last season, combining to post a 4.15 ERA and 1.296 WHIP in 31 games – 23 starts. In 2018, he struck out 122 batters in 149⅔ innings.
Ross gives the Tigers six starting pitchers, including left-hander Matt Moore, whom the team signed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal last month. The team’s rotation is littered with injury questions, though, from Jordan Zimmermann and Michael Fulmer to Daniel Norris.
Ross was the A’s second round pick in the 2008 MLB draft.
He has posted a 5.92 ERA pitching in the American League in his career, and 3.38 ERA pitching in the NL.
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