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Report: Tigers sign Tyson Ross to one-year, $5.75 million contract

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Tigers have signed free agent pitcher Tyson Ross to a one-year, $5.75 million contract.

Ross, 31, pitched for the Padres and Cardinals last year, putting up an aggregate 4.15 ERA with a 122/62 K/BB ratio in 149 2/3 innings. It was his first full, healthy season since 2015.

The Tigers also recently signed Matt Moore, giving them a glut of starters along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, Matt Boyd, and Daniel Norris. If Ross doesn’t fit into the rotation, he could also be moved into the bullpen.

Cubs have considered trading Ben Zobrist

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The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma reports that the Cubs have considered trading super-utilityman Ben Zobrist in order to free up payroll space, which would allow the club to address other areas of the roster.

Zobrist, 37, is entering the final year of his contract and will earn $12 million in 2019. According to Cot’s Contracts, the Cubs project to have an Opening Day payroll of about $204.5 million, just a hair below the luxury tax threshold of $206 million. The Cubs have notably been absent from the free agent marketplace, particularly involving Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, due to luxury tax concerns.

Last season, Zobrist hit .305/.378/.440 with nine home runs, 58 RBI, and 67 runs scored in 520 plate appearances. He played all over the field, logging 100-plus innings in both outfield corners and second base while also spending a handful of games at first base. With Addison Russell serving a 40-game suspension to open the 2019 season, Javier Báez will handle shortstop and Zobrist figures to be the starting second baseman.