Nationals pitcher Joe Ross had Tommy John surgery performed on his right elbow, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Obviously, that will keep him out of action for the rest of the 2017 season and a good portion of next season as well.
Ross, 24, was diagnosed with a sprained right elbow last week after leaving Sunday’s start against the Braves in the fourth inning. He ends his 2017 campaign with a 5.01 ERA and a 68/20 K/BB ratio over 73 2/3 innings.
Ross will enter his first year of arbitration-eligibility after the 2018 season is under team control through 2021.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.