Cody Ross Awarded To Giants

SUNDAY, 3:13pm: Ross was awarded to the Giants, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Ross will join recently-acquired outfielders Pat Burrell and Jose Guillen in what's become a very crowded outfield scenario in San Francisco. In addition to that trio, the Giants also have Aaron Rowand, Andres Torres, and Nate Schierholtz.

Ross will be arbitration-eligible for the final time following this season, should the Giants choose to tender him a contract.  The outfielder earned $4.45MM for 2010 and therefore San Francisco will owe the slugger a shade over $1MM for the remainder of the season. 

It's likely that the Giants put the claim on Ross in order to block division rival San Diego.  The Padres are in need help in center field and possibly could have used Ross as he started 70 games at the position in 2010.

FRIDAY, 2:23pm: The Giants claimed Ross, sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. That's unconfirmed, but the Braves and Phillies did not win the claim. The Marlins, who aren't sure whether the claiming team actually wants to strike a deal or just wants to prevent a rival from making one, have until Monday to agree on a trade or pull Ross off of waivers.

1:47pm: An unknown National League team claimed Cody Ross on waivers today, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Stark reports that the Marlins are expected to explore a deal with the claiming team.

The Phillies and Giants, two teams thought to be potential suitors for Brad Hawpe, could have interest in Ross as well. The Padres just lost Tony Gwynn Jr. to the disabled list, so they would presumably have interest in Ross. The 29-year-old is under team control for 2011 as an arbitration-eligible player, so even a non-contender could have claimed him.

Jon Jay has been playing well in St. Louis, and Randy Winn has been serviceable, so the Cardinals don't appear like a natural fit for Ross. The same goes for the Rockies, Dodgers, Reds and Braves.

Ross has a strong 4.9 UZR/150 in just over 1,000 innings in the outfield this year, but his offense hasn't been as good as his defense. His .261/.312/.390 line doesn't compare to the numbers he posted in 2007-09. About $1.1MM remains on Ross's $4.45MM salary.  


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5 years 8 days ago

dodgers were looking at ross…maybe dodgers???

5 years 8 days ago

You’re kidding right? The dodgers stink and shouldn’t have even acquired dotel lilly and posednik. Why would they keep adding?

Gumby65
5 years 8 days ago

Because Pods & Manny are probably both gone end of this season, and Cody is team control for 2011. And why resist the urge to screw both SF & SD in one flail swoop?

5 years 2 days ago

one fell swoop

Dave_Gershman
5 years 8 days ago

$20 says theres a 100% chance it’s the Padres. It has to be. doesn’t it?

Something like Keyvius Sampson for Ross straight up could get it done…

GasLampGuru
5 years 8 days ago

Are you out of your flipping mind? Sampson has quickly become one of their top pitching prospects and you want to give him away for Cody Ross – a guy who has been waived? No thanks.

It won’t be Sampson, it won’t be Simon Castro, and it won’t be Cory Leubke. It will be mid level prospects at best.

daveineg
5 years 8 days ago

I’m thinking it’s the Cardinals. The loss of Ludwick is hurting them.

chaifetz10
5 years 8 days ago

Seriously? Have you not been following Jon Jay?

5 years 6 days ago

Ludwick leaving has hurt them. They could be playing both of them their. They have a 3 man offense right now.

5 years 6 days ago

Ross would be an asset to St. Louis as soon as the four man outfield becomes an MLB staple. Like Chaifetz noted, Jon Jay has been raking. Ludwick leaving has only hurt b.c. Freese is now out for the season and Rasmus has been hobbled. Cody Ross adds nothing to the offense, because he plays OF where he is not an improvement over Jay and certainly not Rasmus once he returns. The Cardinals need more offense out of the hot-corner, Cody Ross can’t provide that.

erm016
5 years 8 days ago

I think someone would claim him first before the Padres could. They’d have last available pick since they have the best record.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 8 days ago

The Cardinals would have to be the only team but I don’t they would be willing to meet the Marlins trade demands for Ross. Unless a team claimed him for next season…

5 years 8 days ago

Teams put claims in without having any intentions of working out a deal all the time. It is risky, but it happens. If they put a claim in, they would be blocking the Padres from getting him.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 8 days ago

Well that’s obviously the idea, but in this case, stark said they were working out a deal.

Ferrariman
5 years 8 days ago

explain to me why the cardinals would be a team interested in Ross…

i’m liking the outfield right now of Holliday, Rasmus, Jay/Craig. works pretty good so far…

Dave_Gershman
5 years 8 days ago

I’m not saying they would trade for him, but they have pretty much the worst record among good NL teams…so just to block the other teams from getting to him.

5 years 6 days ago

Craig isn’t hitting & Rasmus is still hurt.

5 years 8 days ago

Sure isn’t the Giants, that would be a move that would make sense

5 years 6 days ago

Or perhaps it’d be so nonsensical that it WOULD be the Giants?

5 years 6 days ago

Wait, you think this move made sense? I misread that.

JST1331
5 years 8 days ago

Why would the Phillies get Brad Hawpe and why would they get Ross makes no sense. If they get Hawpe Ruben Amaro Jr. should be fired.

redsandyanksfan
5 years 8 days ago

I wonder if it could be the reds? i know they have a lot of outfielders but Gomes is worn out and stubbs is streaky and in a slump yes hes coming out of it but just wondering it wont be them though , it was worth a thought

erm016
5 years 8 days ago

Seems reasonable.

redsandyanksfan
5 years 8 days ago

Thank you.i wouldnt mind seeing him in a reds jersey

penpaper
5 years 8 days ago

Isn’t Ross a non tender candidate? I’m sure the Marlins will trade him for whatever they can get.

johnsilver
5 years 8 days ago

Luria has made some cheap moves for payroll, but he is not that stupid. He will move him 1st and get a decent prospect back to boot. Ross can play 3 OF positions, corner fairly well and CF decent. Put him in a more offensive friendly park and his power numbers would probably explode, like Philly.

force5143
5 years 7 days ago

He is much better in centerfield than “decent”

RiverKKiller999
5 years 8 days ago

It’s the Giants.

5 years 8 days ago

dont believe rosenthal… could be dodgers.

FishFan03
5 years 8 days ago

got my money its the Giants

Dave_Gershman
5 years 8 days ago

Well now that we know it’s the Giants, it’s obvious that you do have money. Well done.

FishFan03
5 years 8 days ago

lmao ok

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 8 days ago

I Hope it’s not the Padres, He’s only batting .261 which is just a tad higher then Venable an Hairston who both have as many homers as he does (10), Also Cody Has 100 K’s already..Padres don’t need that in their Line up an it just wouldn’t make much sense… Last but not least He hasn’t Hit a Home run since the series at Petco..which was awhile ago

GasLampGuru
5 years 8 days ago

If they brought in Ross, it would be to play CF. He would be an upgrade defensively over Denorfia, and their offense is comparable. Denorfia will cost them runs with his limited range in the playoffs.

ludafish
5 years 8 days ago

im not saying he is this offensive force, but his numbers are usually pretty good for a 6 hitter. i dont know what happened to him and maybe the change of scenery can bring him back up to par. he is know for ripping it up in bits and pieces, so if a contender can get that from him for 2 more weeks of the whole season it would be worth it….cause he can carry a team when he gets hot. only issue is he gets hot twice a year and will he ever do it again? i say the marlins out him, this year is way over and next year might also be a question mark. get the rookies playing time and build for 2012

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 8 days ago

Giants? What are they trying to do acquire a new Outfielder ever week?

Guest
5 years 8 days ago

We’re about to find out what minor league pitcher the Giants will have to give the Marlins in addition to Nate Schierholtz to get this done.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 8 days ago

Seriously?

5 years 6 days ago

What’s really funny is that a deal couldn’t be worked out, so the Marlins basically just said, “Actually, you can just have Ross. Here’s the remainder of his salary as well.”

Dave_Gershman
5 years 8 days ago

The Marlins have always like Clayton Tanner and Dan Runzler. Maybe they can get one or both for Ross and Cash.

55saveslives
5 years 8 days ago

Tanner AND Runzler?? Cody Ross is marginal at best.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 8 days ago

I said either of both for ross and cash. Neither are exactly the best things since sliced bread.

5 years 6 days ago

you said one or both for Ross.

5 years 6 days ago

you said one or both for Ross.

55saveslives
5 years 8 days ago

If the Giants claimed him I’d assume its to block…

friscofan101
5 years 8 days ago

i highly doubt a trade will be made. giants just didn’t want any of the other teams there fighting against to get any stronger.

frank_costanza
5 years 8 days ago

do the Giants really have room for another outfielder? There offense is pretty good right now, their pitching has been the problem. The additions of Pat the Bat, Jose Guillen, Freddy Sanchez, Buster Posey, Aubry Huff, and now the emergence of Andres Torres, all of those moves are just minor moves on their own, but with all of them together, there are few easy outs in that line up.

55saveslives
5 years 8 days ago

If only Rowand could get “lost” on his way to the ballpark!

5 years 8 days ago

i agree. …funny thing though, my son’s, he’s 9, favorite Giant is Rowand. Always asks me, “Is Rowand starting today?” “…Bochy sucks.” Kinda hard to explain to him why Rowand hurts more than he helps.

Guest
5 years 8 days ago

The most plausible explanation is that they did it to block others from getting him. Although it should be noted that he hits above his career averages against the Padres, Cardinals, and Braves.