Ross, 30, completed a one-year stint with the Rangers prior to his release in September. The righty labored through 10 starts and two relief appearances, earning a 3-3 record and a cumulative 7.71 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 6.6 SO/9 through 49 innings. His struggles on the mound were compounded by injuries, including a 78-day stay on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation and nearly three weeks lost to a blister on his right index finger.
Cotillo speculates that Ross could pick up where he left off with the Padres in 2016 and compete for a rotation spot in the spring. While Ross’s 2016 run fizzled out in April after he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, he’s spent some of the most valuable seasons of his career in San Diego, earning his first All-Star nomination in 2014 and producing a career-best 4.3 fWAR in 2015. Assuming he gets the chance to stage a comeback in 2018, he’ll join a rotation that currently features right-handers Luis Perdomo, Dinelson Lamet and Colin Rea and left-handers Clayton Richard and Robbie Erlin.