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Giants sign Tyson Ross to a minor league deal

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The San Francisco Giants have signed pitcher Tyson Ross to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. If he makes the team it’ll be a $1.75 million pact. He can earn up to another $1.75 million in performance bonuses for games started and or $500,000 based on relief appearances.

Ross, 32, is a Bay Area native who pitched at Berkeley in college. He was also an A’s selection in the 2008 draft. After making the All-Star team with the Padres back in 2014, however, he’s been plagued by injuries. Last year the Tigers signed him on a $5 million+ deal and he ended up making only seven starts, going 1-5 with a 6.11 ERA. His season ended in early May after suffering an elbow injury.

So, yeah, kind of a flier for the Giants, but not one who will cost much of anything.

Reds sign Nicholas Castellanos to a four-year deal

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The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to a multi-year deal. That’s the report from C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jon Morosi of was the first to report the Reds as frontrunners. The deal is pending a physical. UPDATE: The deal is four years. Financial terms have yet to be reported.

With Castellanos in the fold the Reds are going to have a lot of outfielders when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton already on the roster. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps taking over short from Freddy Galvis, who could be dealt. Alternatively, the Reds could trade from their newfound outfield surplus.

Castellanos, however, will have left field to himself. While he’s shaky at best with the glove, he had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power.

Now that he’ll be playing in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.