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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 26:  Tyson Ross #38 of the San Diego Padres pitches in the first inning during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 26, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Report: Talks heating up between Rangers, Tyson Ross

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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.

Diamondbacks sign Rubby De La Rosa to a minor league deal

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 14:  Rubby De La Rosa #12 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a first-inning pitch against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on September 14, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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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.

Diamondbacks, Royals make a minor trade

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 27:  Peter O'Brien #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks makes a play on a bouncing ball hit by Freddy Galvis #13 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the ninth inning at Chase Field on June 27, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Phillies won 8-0. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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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.