TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have signed right-hander Tyson Ross to a one-year contract. Per Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the deal is for $6 million with incentives.
Ross, 29, is coming off of a four-year stint with the Padres. He pitched through just 5 1/3 innings in 2016, racking up an 11.81 ERA before shoulder issues prematurely ended his season. He underwent surgery in October to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder. Over three full seasons in San Diego’s rotation, Ross worked up a 3.07 ERA and 9.5 fWAR, averaging a 9.2 SO/9 and 3.5 BB/9 rate.
The deal has yet to be confirmed by the team.
Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.
Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.
There are far worse bounceback candidates.