An outline of how Ross fits well with each team is highlighted below.
1. Seattle Mariners
The Mariners have been using ex-Padre Wade LeBlanc as their 5th starter the last couple of times through the rotation. They’ve also used Erasmo Ramirez, Christian Bergman, and Ariel Miranda for a handful of starts.
2. Los Angeles Angels
The Angels are going to need innings. They’ve used nine starters already this year. With the addition of Shohei Ohtani, the Angels began the season using a six-man starting rotation. They have a collection of pitchers that have battled injuries in the past but are healthy, for the time being, and producing pretty good results. Tyler Skaggs and Garrett Richards have taken their turns in the rotation. The same goes for Andrew Heaney. Nick Tropeano has already been on the disabled list, but has made his share of starts so far in 2018.
Jaime Barria has been on the shuttle between the big leagues and Triple-A. The Angels are going to need reinforcements in the second half of the season if they want to get where they want to be. Their rotation can’t put up a full workload with their injury history. While he has an injury history of his own, Tyson Ross makes a lot of sense here.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates have gone with Steven Brault and Nick Kingham out of their 5th spot. Trevor Williams has been getting good results, but has outperformed his peripherals. Ivan Nova and Jameson Taillon are solid, while Chad Kuhl is serviceable. In a year most people around the industry thought would be the start of a rebuild, the Pirates have found a way to win games and stay relevant in the NL Central. Ross would be an upgrade for this rotation.
4. Philadelphia Phillies
Eight starts have gone to Ben Lively and Zach Eflin. If the Phillies can trade that out for Tyson Ross, they’d be doing themselves a favor. Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta, and Vince Velasquez are a good way to start. Add in Nick Pivetta’s performance to date and you have four solid starting pitchers.
Old Padre friend Enyel De Los Santos is waiting in the wings in Triple-A. I’m sure they’ll give him his shot at some point soon. In the event that De Los Santos isn’t ready for his first taste of big league action, they could bring in Tyson Ross and feel like they have a chance to win every game they play in.
5. Atlanta Braves
Sean Newcomb and Mike Foltynewicz have made tremendous strides toward becoming successful big-league pitchers this year. Julio Teheran is as frustrating as ever. Brandon McCarthy has pitched well, but been the victim of some unlucky BABIP and HR/FB% numbers. Matt Wisler, Mike Soroka, and Anibal Sanchez have taken turns in the 5th spot. Atlanta has some promising hurlers coming behind them as well. If they want to take some pressure of their younger rotation pieces, they could acquire Tyson Ross.