Tyson Ross’ market has been heating up over the past week. Personally, thought from me was that Ross would have been better served going to a non-contender, like Tampa Bay or Minnesota. Had he done that, he would have been able to guarantee himself a middle of the rotation spot, been traded at the deadline had he found success, which would have prevented him from being saddled with a qualifying offer and allowed him to go to the playoffs anyway.
However, it has been reported that the top two teams in the bidding for his services are the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs, so it looks like he wants to go to a competitor. However, it looks like Texas is a better fit.
First of all, Chicago already has one of the best rotations in the game, meaning Ross would likely start off as the fifth starter and if he struggled, he would likely be on a short leash due to the young Mike Montgomery finding some success in the rotation last season. Pushing Montgomery to the bullpen wouldn’t do the Cubs much good either.
The Cubs have a need for lefty relief, but not necessarily another player who can’t be sent to the minor leagues. They already guaranteed Duensing $2 million and they need to keep the other kid, Caleb Smith, on the 25-man roster in order to keep him. Adding Ross would leave them with three lefties which, while not horrible, is a bit overkill.
The Rangers, on the other hand, have a need for another starter. Adding Ross would allow them to send AJ Griffin to Triple-A to use as their sixth starter.
As it stands, the only options to start upon injury are Nick Martinez, who was putrid last season, Chi Chi Gonzalez, who is just not ready yet, Tyler Wagner, who would be better utilized as a multi-pitch reliever (could be a set-up man in the near future), and Mike Hauschild, who has never thrown a major league pitch and has a much better chance to stick as a long reliever initially. Ross gives the Rangers some affordable depth that has incredibly high upside, and would allow younger options like Gonzalez or Hauschild to further develop, whether in be in the bullpen or in Triple-A.
The Cubs would be better off scouring the waiver wire to find cheap left-handed relief depth options and keeping the young Montgomery in the rotation.null