Padres Bring Back Tyson Ross on Minor-League Deal

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On Friday, SB Nation and MLB Daily Dish reporter Chris Cotillo reported that the San Diego Padres have signed right-handed pitcher, Tyson Ross, to a minor-league deal.

With his best years as a major leaguer in a Padres uniform, Tyson Ross will return to San Diego this coming 2018 season.

He had a horrible year in Texas last season, and is looking for a chance to resurrect his career with the Friars.

The California native started his career with the Oakland Athletics in 2010, but previously played with the Friars from 2013-2016.

The 6-foot-6 right-hander became a fan favorite among Padres fans, as he had major success with the team, even making the MLB All-Star game in 2014. From 2013-2016, Ross held a 26-35 record, posted a 3.13 ERA, and had over 500 strikeouts with the Pads.

Ross had his best years under the tutelage of Darren Balsley and could very well be a bounce-back candidate for 2018.

The former Berkeley alumni spent his 2017 with the Texas Rangers along with another former Friar in Andrew Cashner. Ross had a rough year as he pitched in 12 games, started 10, and had a 3-3 record with a disastrous 7.71 ERA. The lanky pitcher will be looking to revive his career with the Padres.

At the moment the Padres’ rotation consists of Dinelson Lamet, Luis Perdomo, Clayton Richard, Matt Strahm, and Bryan Mitchell. Ross, if healthy, could very well be the ace of the staff.

This is an excellent signing for the Padres as they get a great clubhouse presence at minimal cost.

With a terrific first couple of months in 2018, Ross could earn enough trade value to earn a pretty penny towards the trade deadline.

A.J. Preller is a savvy G.M. and is always prepared to take advantage of a situation.

Ross will be looking to fight for a spot in the starting rotation out of spring training, with players like Jordan Lyles and Colin Rea also fighting for a starting role. Pitching at Petco Park and working with Darren Balsley can easily mean a fruitful 2018 for the 6-foot-6 pitcher.

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