Tyson Ross has become the top trade target on the market with Cole Hamels and David Price traded to the Rangers and Blue Jays and now teams like the LA Dodgers, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and NY Yankees could be interested in making a move with the San Diego Padres, while players like Ian Kennedy and James Shields also could be targets.
The Blue Jays were mentioned as an option for Ross, but according to Jon Heyman at CBS, the team is adding David Price in a trade with the Tigers. Heyman reported earlier in the day on Thursday that Ross has gotten "intense interest" from teams, including the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers and Blue Jays among "many, many others." Now that the Blue Jays are out of the mix, Ross could be the next player to get moving.
The Astros reportedly had a strong deal offered to the Phillies for Cole Hamels, but he used his no-trade clause to keep that from happening. The Dodgers had interest in both Hamels and Price and now they could look at Ross as an option. The Chicago Cubs have previously been mentioned in connection with Price and Hamels as well as Ross. The team reportedly talked about a Starlin Castro deal with the Padres, while Jon Heyman reported that the Padres like Javier Baez and could try and center a trade around him.
The Astros could push hard for a Ross trade, as the team has a deep farm system, while the Dodgers are also an option. The Dodgers are reportedly working to acquire Alex Wood and Mat Latos along with Jim Johnson in a three team trade with the Marlins and Braves and that could set up another deal. Some execs thought the team would go for Price and try to flip Wood for him, but clearly that is not happening. Now the Dodgers could be options for Ross.
Ross has pitched very well this season and he has team control for a couple more years until 2017. Ross is just 28 and he comes in with a 7-8 record and a 3.38 ERA this season and according to CBS Sports, since 2014 he has 332 strikeouts in 323 1/3 innings of work. Ross is getting some major attention and according to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are looking at Ross and that the pitcher is the "focus" of talks between the teams.
The Price deal is a stunner, as the Blue Jays are really going all-in after also trading for Troy Tulowitzki this season. Joel Sherman reports that the deal has Daniel Norris going to the Tigers among other prospects and Ken Rosenthal reports that money could be going for part of Price's deal. The Jays and Tigers are actually very close in the standings, but the Tigers reportedly are getting ready to retool moving forward. The deals for Price and Hamels could affect teams going after Ross and other players like Mike Leake and Yovani Gallardo.