Cubs continue pursuit of Tyson Ross, Reportedly in Chicago this past week for tour of Wrigley
According to Bruce Levine, RHP Tyson Ross was in Chicago this week to meet with the Cubs. Ross had a tour of the new facilities at Wrigley and saw the team’s plans for the old ballpark. Ross also received the team’s tour of Chicago. The Cubs used his visit as a chance to examine Ross to see where he is with the recovery and rehab from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in October.
The Cubs are one of several teams interested in signing Tyson Ross. The Padres, Rangers and Pirates have also been connected to Ross by multiple outlets. Levine mentioned Saturday that two or three other teams are in the bidding for Ross.
The Cubs tried to trade for Ross on several occasions while he was with the Padres. Levine reported earlier this week that those conversations with A.J. Preller continued until the Padres decided not to offer him a contract for next season.
Levine reported Saturday morning during his show on 670 The Score (Inside the Clubhouse) that the Cubs love what he could add to the team and bring to the clubhouse. The Cubs, like the other interested teams, have to determine if he will be able to comeback from the surgery that has derailed his career.
Levine said the Cubs are weighing what type of offer to make to Ross. The Cubs could decide it would be better for the team and the player to make a two-year offer with a club option for a third season or just a two-year offer. The Cubs are not interested in signing Ross to a one-year contract. That type of deal would only benefit the player and the team would assume all of the risk.
It is likely any contract with Tyson Ross would include a performance-based incentives package that would work for both sides. The Cubs, or another team, could sign Ross to a lower base salary with reachable goals that once he’s healthy enough to pitch he would be paid closer to his perceived value.