Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Detroit Tigers are taking a gamble on a starting pitcher on a one-year deal. Yes, this is very familar to the Matt Moore signing from last week, however this one is for a quite a bit more money, with Ross, a righthander, agreeing to the 1-year deal at $5.75mm and a simple $250k roster bonus.
The Tigers are of course buying time for their youngsters in the Minors to develop, as well as hoping for a second trade chip come the summer trade deadline a la Mike Fiers.
Ross, finally pitched a full season after two injury riddled seasons in ’16 (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) and ’17 (blister problems), as he started 22 games for the Padres before being selected off waivers by St. Louis in early August last season, where he started 1 game and appeared in 8 others. Tyson pitched well in those 9 apperances in St. Louis, with a 2-0 record, 2.73 ERA, and 1.139 WHIP in 26.1 innings of work. For the season, Ross was more inconsistent with an 8-9 record, 4.15 ERA, 23 starts (31 total appearances), with a 1.296 WHIP, a 7.3 K/9, and walking 3.7 per 9.
During Tyson’s nine year career, he has racked up a 43-65 recored, with a 3.95 ERA, has struck out an average of 8.2 per 9, walked 3.8 per 9, and given up 8.3 hits per 9 innings of work. Ross’s best season came in 2014, when he was an All-Star in San Diego, as he went 13-14, with a 2.81 ERA, 1.306 WHIP, and struck out 212 (9.7 K/9) in 196 innings.