The Rangers are being aggressive in their pursuit of free-agent starter Tyson Ross and talks are “heating up,” according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that Ross is visiting the Rangers in Arlington today.
Ross is one of the more intriguing starting pitching options available on the free-agent market after being non-tendered by the Padres early last month. He has reportedly drawn interest from about 20 teams, with the Cubs and Padres being linked most frequently in reports.
Texas already added one starter this winter by signing Andrew Cashner to a one-year deal, but has been continually linked to arms in an attempt to add to a group that includes Yu Darvish, Cole Hamels, Cashner and Martin Perez. The Rangers had reported interest in top free-agent starter Rich Hill before the southpaw re-signed with the Dodgers.
Ross, 29, has dealt with shoulder problems in recent years and appeared in only 5.1 innings for San Diego last season. He had surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in October, and is seen as a top bounceback candidate with a change of scenery.