Chicago Cubs: Where do the Cubs turn after missing on Tyson Ross?
By Erik Mauro
Free agent pitcher Tyson Ross decided to take his talents to Dallas and play for the Texas Rangers in 2017. Where do the Chicago Cubs go from here?
It was reported for much of the offseason that the Chicago Cubs were interested in Tyson Ross. Their interest in Ross goes back way further, as the front office had contemplated trading for Ross multiple times. The Cubs were looking for another starting pitcher all offseason, but they were unable to land one.
However, as posted earlier, the Cubs have reached a deal with free agent pitcher Brett Anderson, pending a physical. Anderson has a history of injuries and only pitched in four games last year. Are the Cubs done adding?
Over the course of Ross’ career, he has pitched in 153 games, with 102 starts. He has a 3.64 ERA, 633 strikeouts over 670.2 innings, allowing a .248 batting average.
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Ross can take on innings, as he’s approached 200 innings twice, falling just short in 2014 and 2015.
As for Brett Anderson, over his career, he has pitched in 127 games, making 115 starts. He’s pitched to a 3.86 ERA, 507 strikeouts over 685.2 innings, allowing a .271 opponent batting average.
Right now, the fifth starter is currently Mike Montgomery. Anderson adds nice depth if he can stay healthy. In case Anderson does go down, it would not hurt to add another starter. Maybe bringing back Travis Wood or even Jason Hammel on a short contract as depth.
The Cubs could also afford to add one more bullpen arm on a cheap contract as well, a left-handed specialist, perhaps.
The Cubs are in a pretty good position with their pitching right now, but it wouldn’t hurt to add another starter or reliever for that matter. Whether it be by trade, or by free agency, the opportunity is still there.