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Jun 26, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross (38) pitches during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Tyson Ross – San Diego Padres

The San Diego right-hander is perhaps one of the most appealing trade pieces available this week, given his high upside and controllability over the next few seasons.

This year, Ross is tied for the league lead with 21 starts for the Padres. In those nearly-two dozen starts, he has 132 strikeouts, but also leads the league with 57 base-on balls. Coming off his first All-Star selection, there’s still plenty to like about him.

In a pair of starts against Chicago this season, Ross has seen mixed results, posting an ERA in the 4.00 range. That being said, he’d be a very high upside arm to slot in near the middle of the rotation, perhaps behind Hammel.

If the Padres do indeed sell, the Cubs have to at least inquire about Ross. While Andrew Cashner, a former Cub himself, is also rumored to be available, he’d likely fetch a much higher asking price.

Look for the Cubs to shore up the back end. But if they miss-out on Cole Hamels, there won’t be an ace added ahead of Friday’s trade deadline.

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