MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are being aggressive in trying to get a deal done with free agent pitcher Tyson Ross. Sullivan says, “Talks are definitely heating up.”
Ross, 29, was limited to just one start in 2016 due to shoulder issues. He underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome back in October. When he’s healthy, Ross has shown the ability to be a high-quality starter, finishing with a 2.81 ERA over 31 starts in 2014 and a 3.26 ERA over 33 starts in 2015.
The Cubs, Indians, Padres, and Pirates have also been reported as having had interest in Ross.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have inked pitcher Rubby De La Rosa to a minor league contract. If he makes the major league team out of spring training, he’ll earn $750,000 with an additional $2.75 million available in incentives.
De La Rosa, 27, joined the Diamondbacks in December 2014 from the Red Sox in the Wade Miley trade. The Diamondbacks non-tendered De La Rosa last month.
In his two seasons with the D-Backs, De La Rosa compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 204/83 K/BB ratio in 239 1/3 innings. He was limited to 50 2/3 innings in 2016 due to elbow issues. The D-Backs plan to transition him to a bullpen role in an attempt to keep him healthier.
The Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday that the club acquired pitcher Sam Lewis from the Royals in exchange for outfielder Peter O’Brien.
Lewis, 25, split the past season between rookie ball in Idaho Falls, Single-A Lexington, and High-A Wilmington. In aggregate, the right-hander posted a 1.62 ERA with a 39/7 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings spanning three starts and 17 relief appearances.
O’Brien, 26, began his professional baseball career as a catcher but was shifted to third base, then the corner outfield and first base. At the major league level, O’Brien has been used almost exclusively in left field. He owns a .176/.228/.446 triple-slash line with six home runs and 12 RBI in 79 plate appearances. As the slash line might indicate, O’Brien offers power but not much else at the moment.