Rangers sign free agent RHP Tyson Ross to one-year contract for 2017
The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has signed free agent right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross to a one-year contract for the 2017 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
To make room for Ross on the major league roster, the Rangers have designated right-handed pitcher Brady Dragmire for assignment.
Ross, 29, made just one start for the Padres last season due to injury. He had surgery to relieve Thoracic Outlet Syndrome performed by Dr. Robert Thompson on October 13 in St. Louis. Ross was not tendered a contract offer by the Padres prior to the deadline on December 2, making him a free agent.
In posting the two most productive seasons of his major league career in 2014-15, Ross combined to go 23-26 with a 3.03 ERA for the Padres, averaging 9.4 strikeouts per 9 innings. He ranked among National League leaders in those two years in strikeouts (T3rd, 407), starts (T4th, 64), innings (8th), and opponent OPS (9th, .643). Ross was selected by St. Louis manager Mike Matheny for the N.L. roster at the 2014 All-Star Game at Minnesota's Target Field, but did not appear in the contest after starting the Padres' final game of the first half.
Ross has a career record of 32-53 with a 3.38 ERA over 153 games/102 starts in a seven-year major league career with Oakland (2010-12) and San Diego (2013-16). He has allowed an average of 0.56 home runs per 9 innings in his career, the 2nd-lowest figure of any pitcher with at least 600.0 innings since 2010 to only the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw (0.53 HR/9).
Ross lost in an Opening Day start against the Dodgers this season and, following a bullpen session ahead of his next scheduled start, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 9 (retroactive to April 5) with right shoulder inflammation. He made a brief start on an injury rehabilitation assignment with Lake Elsinore in the California League on August 25, but was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on August 31 for the remainder of the season.
Dragmire, 23, was most recently received by Texas from Pittsburgh in a December 23 waiver claim. He was initially received from Pittsburgh in a separate waiver claim on December 2, and then was sent back to the Pirates in a December 14 waiver claim. Dragmire went 4-6 with a 4.38 ERA (35 ER/72.0 IP) over 45 relief appearances with Toronto's New Hampshire affiliate in the Eastern League in 2016, his first career action at the Double-A level.
With today's moves, the Rangers' major league roster remains at the 40-man limit.