In an ongoing series, we'll take a look at possible trade targets for the Texas Rangers this summer with the MLB trade deadline approaching on Friday.
Target: Tyson Ross, RHP
2015 stats: 6-8 record, 3.45 ERA, 2.76 FIP, 132 strikeouts, 57 walks, 3 home runs allowed, 122 2/3 innings pitched
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While the Rangers have been at the center of the potential Cole Hamels deal with the Phillies, they've also been looking to old friend A.J. Preller and his San Diego Padres. Ross is a 28-year-old righty who is still under club control through the 2017 season (arbitration in 2016 and 2017), so he'd come cheap — much cheaper than Hamels.
Granted, Ross isn't Hamels, but he's pretty dang good in his own right and would be a nice Plan B for future rotation consideration if Hamels doesn't happen.
Ross' 57 walks lead the National League, which is a bit concerning given that he'd cut down on his walks in recent years, but he's exactly what the Rangers want in a pitcher — a high strikeout guy who doesn't give up home runs. In fact, Ross leads the league with 0.2 home runs allowed per nine innings. Over his near 600 career innings, Ross has allowed just 36 home runs.
Due to his low price and years of control remaining, Ross would cost a lot in prospects, but it just might be what the Rangers want given their financial handcuffing thanks to bad contracts with Elvis Andrus and Shin-Soo Choo, and to some extent, Prince Fielder.