San Francisco Giants: Tyson Ross joins brother Joe Ross on the sidelines

Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Tyson Ross has decided he will sit out the 2020 season rather than look for a team to sign with.

Veteran pitcher Tyson Ross was signed to a minor league contract last offseason by the San Francisco Giants. He was still a member of the team when the roster freeze was lifted a week ago, though was released shortly after.

As soon as he hit free agency again I thought he would be a good fit for several teams, even hoping the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals would snatch him up.

Ross has been in the league for ten years and has pitched both as a starter and a reliever. For the Nationals, he could have battled for the fifth spot in the rotation alongside his brother, Joe Ross.

As reporting day approached for “summer camp”, Joe announced he would be opting out of the 2020 season.

My initial thought was all right, the Nationals should really pursue Tyson now, though this thought was shortly followed up with the idea Tyson would most likely be sitting out as well.

Sure enough, the shoe fell yesterday, with the announcement Tyson would not be playing baseball this year. He is the highest-profile free agent to decide to opt-out over concerns revolving around COVID-19.

There is some speculation as to whether the older Ross informed the Giants during the freeze he would be opting out. The team would then have to wait until the freeze was lifted to make the transaction official.

Regardless of the scenarios which resulted in how Ross was let go, he is now done for the year and will contemplate whether he will return for the 2021 season.

While he is a serviceable rotation man, he is a long way from the pitcher who posted three good years with the San Diego Padres from 2013-2015. Most recently he was 1-5 with a 6.11 earned run average for the Detroit Tigers.

For this former All-Star, I support his decision to sit out while the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic. I also hope this is not the last we have seen of Tyson Ross and he latches on somewhere next season.

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