Sources have reported that Tyson Ross has agreed to a 1-year contract with the Texas Rangers. The deal is worth a guaranteed $6m with a potential to earn more through incentives. Ross was the opening starter for the San Diego Padres last season, but missed the remainder of the season due to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) which only affects about 220,000 Americans each year. It is the same injury that affected Matt Harvey this past season as well.
Ross has been extremely successful in San Diego. Combined between the 2013-2015 season, he has posted a 3.07 ERA, 3.12 FIP, 9.2 SO/9, has stranded 73.8% of base runners and induced ground balls 58.2% of the time on contact.
His ground-ball inducing game-play should be very successful in Texas. There is little doubt that Ross has the talent and track record to be slotted into the rotation right behind Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels, which I believe was a factor in choosing to go with Texas over Chicago as he was likely to be more of a back of the rotation candidate. The risk in this deal is with how well he has or will recover from his TOS injury from last season.