With the 2015 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline coming to a close in three days, teams looking to reach the postseason have unloaded on some blockbuster trades across the league.
Guys like shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was shipped off to the Toronto Blue Jays from infielder Jose Reyes and a couple of prospects while Jonathan Papelbon heads to our Nation’s Capital to work out of the Washington Nationals bullpen.
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As we all know, the Houston Astros were able to land themselves another arm to compliment their younger arms in Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers when they traded for Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics. But could they possibly have another reliable arm on their radar?
Which isn’t much of a surprise considering how much of a hot topic he’s been since the Padres failed to make noise during the first half of the season. While teams continue to call about James Shields, it’s likely that both men will be gone within the next couple of days.
Reason’s behind interest could be the fact that the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to land Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies – a man who hurled a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field this past weekend.
It was the first time that team had been no-hit in 50-years.
Now, back to Ross. As of right now, the former second-round draft pick during the 2008 draft carries a 6-8 record, 132/57 K/BB ratio, 1.6 WAR, 1.39 WHIP with one complete game in 122 2/3 innings of work for Padres who currently sit in fourth-place in the N.L. West with a 47-52 record of their own and trail the Dodgers by 8.5 games.
Since his name doesn’t carry any value such as Shields or Hamels, Ross could come cheaper than either one, especially for a team like the Astros who have plenty of middle-level prospects who could either turn into reliable players or trade chips for a bigger name along the way.
His salary for this season is $5.25 million and is eligible for arbitration in 2016-2017 and becomes a free agent after the 2018 campaign.
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