Saturday, December 22, 2012
Cody Ross Heading for the Desert
Well, boys and girls, it appears Cody Ross is heading west. He'll join the Arizona Diamondbacks next season through 2015, a deal worth $26 million dollars.
Ross joins a crowded outfield with Justin Upton, Jason Kubel and Gerrardo Parra already established, but with a 22 home run season last year, the D-backs have to hope his power can replace Chris Young, who was traded to the Athletics in October.
A .267 average, those 22 home runs and 81 RBI is hardly a down year for Ross, with the latter two stats being close to career-highs. The Red Sox were reportedly interesting in re-signing him, but when they signed Shane Victorino after already acquiring Jonny Gomes, hopes were dashed. Three years may have been a little steep for Ross to be asking for, but hey, he still has great value, he's a great clubhouse guy and he still does the bat flip. Those kinds of guys just don't grow on trees, you know?