JAN. 3: Ross’s base salary would be $1.75MM, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag tweets. He can earn up to $4.25MM in incentives, per the report, and has opt-out dates on May 15th and June 15th. Unsurprisingly, the deal includes a spring invite.
Regarding the incentives, Ross will need to hold down a rotation spot for virtually the entire season to max them out. Beginning with his fifth game started, he’d receive $150K; upon starting his twentieth outing (and ending at his 29th), Ross can earn $200K per start.
DEC. 29, 8:55pm: Ross would earn between $1MM and $2MM in base salary if he makes the club, tweets Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune (via Twitter), with additional incentives available based upon the number of games he starts.
5:24pm: The Padres have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with righty Tyson Ross, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via Twitter). Presumably, he’ll receive an invitation to MLB Spring Training.
Ross, 30, found success in his prior tenure with the Padres, compiling 522 innings of 3.16 ERA ball over four seasons. But he was non-tendered after missing virtually all of the 2016 campaign and eventually required thoracic outlet surgery.
While the hope was that Ross could bounce back after signing a one-year deal with the Rangers, he struggled badly in the 2017 season after a long rehab process. He averaged just 92 mph on his four-seam fastball — two or more clicks below his typical rate — and limped to a 7.71 ERA in 49 innings. Ross walked 37 batters while generating only 36 strikeouts and sported a meager 6.2% swinging-strike rate that was only about half of his typical level in San Diego.
Should the Padres find a way to get Ross back on track, he could conceivably represent quite a value. But there clearly wasn’t a great deal of optimism around the game, given that Ross had to settle for a non-roster accord just two years removed from a string of successful campaigns.
The Friars have had some success of late at finding rotation innings at bargain rates. If Ross is to crack the roster, though, he’ll have to earn his way on in camp. Presumably, he’ll compete with pitchers such as the just-acquired Bryan Mitchell and injury returnees Robbie Erlin, Colin Rea, and Matt Strahm.
Opening day starter? I think it’s a possibility for sure.
Lol, worst opening day ever. I was so excited for that pitching staff too!
TOS surgery is just in its infancy; so few have bounced back from it, and with Ross’s delivery I doubt he’ll overcome it. It was a fun ride there for a while. Guys who throw like him are generally destined for short careers. But maybe he’s got a comeback as a reliever or something in him.
Nice, was hoping the Padres would do this. Get Tyson and Balsley back together again, could be a win/win for both sides. He will get the opportunity to start if he shows he is healthy, the Padres flip him for prospects at the deadline if Ross has a nice start to the season. No brainier on either side.
Cubs dodged a bullet! Money saved!
I believe they are referring to a few years back when he was a rumored Cubs target. If I remember right there were a couple good prospects (at the time) reported in those rumors.
Either that or he’s referring to them nearly signing him last offseason before he signed with Texas.
What money? It’s a minor league deal.
A few years ago, Cubs tried to acquire him. Thought you were a Padres fan…
A few years ago? It was last year! Thought you were a Cubs fan…
the world series tickets should be printed soon, in my opinion.
this is my joke i said it first
Welcome back Big Boss Ross!
Not sure if he has anything left in him but there’s no risk and he works well with Darren Balsley.
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I’m afraid we will get the same results that we got with Capps.
At least I’ll get to wear my give away jersey for another season… maybe…
Bring Peavy back!
Bring kemp back!
Whoa! Lets not get carried away.
Mat Latos is still out there. And AGon. It could be a 2010 Padres reunion!
I can dig
Probably wouldn’t trust the guy as a starter anymore – he wasn’t exactly known for going deep into games when he was healthy, and he was always limited by being a two pitch pitcher. Could be interesting as a multi inning reliever though?
Awesome! Now all the Padres need to do is hold on to Brad Hand too long, long enough for him to kill any potential trade value (i.e. Khalil Greene, Chase Headley, etc)…. and the Padres terrible offseason will be complete!
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Man I remember when he wasn’t a minor league starter
Orioles sign bum after bum and load up on rule 5 guys but can’t take a flyer on a minor league deal for Ross. I don’t even think they knew he was available.
Or maybe, Tyson Ross turned down minor league offers elsewhere to go back to the Org he knows so well.
Not signing a guy doesn’t mean they didn’t try or didn’t care – a player can only sign with one Team, because you know, there’s only one of him. Just saying.
At least you are able to raise the infamous ‘Dress for Less’ sign once again in San Diego or their affiliate city.
Why is this being posted again?
Because new information has been given so at the beginning of the post it gives the new details that weren’t present at the time of the news break.
I hope he earns every penny
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Y’all ready for this?