Why Tyson Ross wanted to remain in San Diego with the Padres

Trade rumors surrounded Tyson Ross in July, but the right-hander was adamant on remaining with the San Diego Padres, a sentiment he describes in a Q&A with the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Ross, who was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the second round in 2008, made his debut with the A’s in 2010, but didn’t begin to flourish until he became a member of the Padres in 2013.  

He had a breakout season in 2014, in which he made the All-Star game, and subsequently was pinpointed as potential trade material.

However, Ross asserted that although the Padres were trending towards missing the postseason before the trade deadline, he wanted to remain in San Diego.

"I really blossomed in my career here the last couple of years and I’ve kind of adopted this community as home," Ross told the Union-Tribune. "I lived here in the offseason and the people around Petco and in San Diego in general are all great. For me, right now, it’s home."

The Padres not only didn’t deal Ross at the deadline but opted to keep their roster intact despite a bevy of rumors that suggested otherwise.

"Rumors are just rumors," the 28-year-old right-hander said. "It doesn’t take much to start a rumor fire. I’m happy they kept the guys together. It’s a good group here. The season’s not over, but definitely this group has a lot of promise."

(h/t San Diego Union-Tribune)