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.
The Tigers and free agent catcher Austin Romine have agreed to a one-year contract, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti specifies that the deal is for $4.1 million.
Romine, 31, has been in the league for eight seasons, all with the Yankees. Across 1,116 trips to the plate, he has hit .239/.281/.366. However, Romine is well-regarded for his defense and game-calling abilities.
Romine will slot in as the full-time catcher for the rebuilding Tigers. They’ll have Jake Rogers and Grayson Greiner behind him.