Remember Tyson Ross? The right-hander was among the best starters in the game between 2013-2015 with the Padres, compiling a 3.07 ERA (3.13 FIP) with a 9.2 K/9 and a 1.23 WHIP. Then, the injury bug bit hard. Ross only made one start in 2016, and didn’t return to the big leagues until June of 2017, with the Texas Rangers.
Ross was not good with Texas, going 3-3 with a 7.71 ERA and more walks (37) than strikeouts (36). However, he has rebounded respectably in 2018. He began the year back with the Padres, making 22 starts and going 6-9 with a 4.45 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and a 7.8 K/9. He was dealt to the Cardinals, where he has made eight appearances, seven out of the bullpen. He has a 2.31 ERA, although his 3.9 K/9 is concerning.
Ross’ best asset is his age. He is only 31 years old, and won’t turn 32 until the start of the 2019 season. While his injury history makes him a risk, Ross has more upside than most of the veteran starting pitching that will be in Detroit’s price range. I don’t expect the Tigers to spend big money on a veteran starter, and it is possible that Ross gets priced out. Additionally, the veteran may look for a longer term guarantee, which doesn’t make sense for the Tigers.
However, if he is willing to take a one-year deal, there is a great chance he could find success in the Motor City. It is extremely unlikely he returns to his 2013-2015 levels, but if he can post a low-4.00 ERA and a K/9 around 8, he will be a hot commodity at the trade deadline.