Tyson Ross

Source: 3-way deal between Red Sox, Cubs, Padres 'unlikely'

John Tomase
July 31, 2015 - 9:55 am

Do the Red Sox have something cooking with the Padres and Cubs? According to multiple reports, the Red Sox are engaged with talks on a three-way deal involving the two clubs. The Red Sox, looking for young pitching, have been linked to Padres right-hander Tyson Ross, as well as closer Craig Kimbrel. However, an official from one of the clubs involved said on Friday afternoon that a deal was unlikely. That doesn't mean the Red Sox couldn't talk directly to the Padres about Ross, a 28-year-old former All-Star who's not eligible for free agency until after the 2017 season. Ross comes with positives and negatives. On the plus side, he is striking out over a batter an inning for the first time in his career (9.7) while producing a historically outstanding ground ball-to-fly ball ratio of 1.74. Ross also keeps the ball in the park, as evidenced by his four homers allowed in 127 2/3 innings this year, or lifetime rate of just 0.6 home runs per nine innings. However, he has also benefited from spending his career in big ballparks in Oakland and especially San Diego, where his home ERA of 2.57 in Petco Park is more than a run and a half lower than his lifetime road ERA of 4.24. He also leads the National League in walks (61) this season, for a rate of 4.3 per nine that represents his highest total since his final season in Oakland, 2012, when he walked 4.5 per nine. If the Red Sox can't land Ross, they're also expected to engage the Indians on right-handers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. The trade deadline is Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.