Joe Ross has tantalized with his talent and potential for over a decade. Now, it is the San Francisco Giants’ turn to give him a chance.
According to Maria Guardado from MLB.com, the Giants have signed Ross to a minor league deal. He will also be receiving an invite to the major league portion of spring training.
San Francisco Giants hoping Joe Ross can provide something in 2023
There was a time when Ross was one of the top pitching prospects in the game. The 25th overall selection in the 2011 MLB Draft, Ross spent time on the periphery of the top 100 prospect lists from 2012 through 2015. Acquired as part of the Trea Turner deal, Ross appeared as though he would be a key part of the Nationals rotation for years to come.
He seemed the part during his time in the majors in 2015 and 2016 before everything fell apart. Injuries hindered his career since, as he has undergone two Tommy John surgeries and sat out the 2020 campaign due to Covid concerns. His second Tommy John surgery wiped out his 2022 campaign and will keep him sidelined for part of 2023 as well.
He lands on a Giants team that has a relatively crowded rotation already. There are six viable options for what could be five slots, with the Giants already having to make difficult decisions in that area. But injuries do happen and, if healthy, Ross could be a strong option to cover those innings.
At the same time, it is a no risk move for both sides. The Giants will be able to monitor and guide the final parts of his rehab. For Ross, a strong showing in 2023 could lead to a much better deal next season in free agency. As he will be just 30 years old this year, Ross still has time to rebuild his career.
The San Francisco Giants are giving Joe Ross a chance this year. His minor league deal could be a bargain if he is healthy.