It was announced Sunday morning that Tyson Ross was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals, and Jordan Lyles was picked up by the Brewers.
With such a rich farm system on the rise, the Padres are ready to start bringing up some of that young talent these last two months of the season. Trey Wingenter was already called up from Triple-A El Paso this weekend and since Ross and Lyles were never going to be pieces of the future the Padres decided to cut them loose on waivers.
There were murmurs around the trade deadline that Ross could be one of the pieces to go. He’s looked much better this season, much closer to the pitcher we’ve seen from 2015. Ross has put up a 4.45 ERA with a record of 6-9 this year for the Friars. He’ll make a nice back end of the rotation guy for the Cardinals.
As for Jordan Lyles, his ERA of 4.29 is at the lowest it’s been perhaps in his entire career. After several horrible seasons, it’s closer to what it looked like in 2014 when he pitched for the Rockies. It’s a solid pick up for the Brewers, who could potentially use him as a middle reliever out of the bullpen, or a fifth-day starter if they needed him.
Both St. Louis and Milwaukee will pick up the remaining salary for both players, $1,750,000 for Ross, and $1 Million for Lyles. Salary relief is always a positive and perhaps even more so the fact that we’ll likely be seeing someone like Jacob Nix soon. Nix recently threw six shutout innings for Triple-A El Paso and between his Double-A and Triple-A starts this season has a combined 1.84 ERA.
It’s going to be a fun last two months of the season for Padres fans as we get to experience a little taste of the better things to come.