Padres non-tender Tyson Ross, right-hander becomes free agent
Friday (7:00pm CST) was the deadline for teams to tender contracts to players for the 2017 season and the biggest surprise of the night came out of San Diego when the Padres announced the team did not offer a contract to RHP Tyson Ross.
Ross was the Padres Opening Day starter, the only game he appeared in during the 2016 season. Ross landed on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Ross had surgery on Oct. 13 for thoracic outlet syndrome, which is a four to six months recovery.
Tyson Ross is now a free agent.
The Cubs tried to pry Ross from the Padres on several occasions. The Cubs and Padres reportedly starting talking about Ross in April of 2015 when A.J. Preller was looking for a shortstop for his team. Reports at the time indicated both Starlin Castro and Javier Baez were of interest to the Padres and it would take one of the Cubs’ shortstops to acquire Ross.
The Cubs continued those conversations last off-season. The Padres wanted Javier Baez as the headliner of a package for Ross which was a non-starter for the Cubs.
Tyson Ross was an All-Star in 2014 and went 13-14 with a 2.81 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 3.24 FIP. In 2015, Ross posted a 10-12 record in a career-high 33 starts with a 3.26 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 2.98 FIP. Ross was slightly better on the road (6-3, 2.83 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) than in his home park (4-9, 3.70 ERA, 1.24 WHIP).
Ross would have been eligible for free agency after next season. Ross was paid $9.625 million and would have received a small raise in his last year of arbitration eligibility. The Padres would like to re-sign Ross at a lower cost.