ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent starter Tyson Ross, according to Major League sources.The Rangers have not yet announced the deal, but Ross has chosen to sign with the Rangers over the World Series champion Cubs.
Ross, 29, is coming off a serious right shoulder injury that required thoracic outlet syndrome surgery at the end of last season. There is still a chance he may not be ready for action by the start of next season.Once he is at full strength, he has a chance to make an impact on a rotation that already includes left-handers Cole Hamels and Martin Perez and right-hander Yu Darvish. The Rangers also signed former Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner to a one-year deal earlier in the offseason.The Rangers still see Ross as a starter worth giving a chance, given the way he pitched for the Padres in 2013-15. Over that three-year period, he made 80 starts and was 26-34, but he posted an impressive 3.07 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Opponents hit .234 off him while he averaged 9.2 strikeouts, 7.6 hits and 3.5 walks per nine innings.The 6-foot-6 Ross was the Padres' Opening Day pitcher in 2016, but he was sidelined the rest of the season with shoulder inflammation and had surgery in October. San Diego opted to non-tender him rather than go to arbitration.Besides Ross, the Rangers' leading candidates for a spot in the rotation starter are A.J. Griffin and Nick Martinez. Griffin avoided arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2 million for the upcoming season.Ross was originally a second-round pick by the Athletics in 2008 out of the University of California. A native of Oakland, he pitched parts of three seasons with the Athletics before being traded to the Padres in 2012.T.R. Sullivan/MLB.com