Today the tigers made a splash at the meetings when they signed 31 year old Tyson Ross to a one year deal. In a move to try and keep their roster at 38, they dropped Mike Gerber. Gerber was then picked up by the Giants.
The question is... were these good or bad transactions?
Unlike the Matt Moore signing, which still doesn’t make a ton of sense, I love this deal. Tyson Ross is a perfect fit for this team. He’s coming off a great second half, still young(ish), and has been great before. Before a large shoulder surgery, Ross was an elite pitcher in the league from 2013-2015. However, he was never the same since his surgery... until the second half of last year. Ross, after a doing a solid job with the Padres as their innings eater, was traded to Saint Louis. It was there where Mike Maddux turned him into a full time reliever. Ross then started to show flashes of his prime form, putting up a very good 2.66 ERA in over 20 innings of work. Ross isn’t a strikeout pitcher, but that’s ok because he has decent command and is a ground ball pitcher. As long as he keeps the hard contact to a minimum, Ross should serve as a solid 4th or 3rd starter for the tigers. And if he fails as a starter, which is unlikely, they can always move him back to the pen, where he shined. It’s truly a win-win situation for the tigers. Ross instantly becomes a prime candidate to be traded at the deadline, just like Fiers last year. Coming off a great second half with good versatility and potential, I don’t see any flaws in Ross. And if any of you happened to listen to the radio today and heard Mike Valenti’s thoughts, just remember he’s a hack when it comes to baseball. On to Gerber. He was always a favourite of mine, but he just seemed blown away by MLB pitchers last year and we already have a crowded outfield. I’m ok with that move. I wish him nothing but the best in Frisco.
TRANSACTION RATING: 10/10
Here’s my opinion, what’s yours? Answer in comments. Remember to let your opinion be heard!
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