Cody Ross Awarded To Giants

SUNDAY, 3:13pm: Ross was awarded to the Giants, according to'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 (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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  1. dodgers were looking at ross…maybe dodgers???

    • 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 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?

  2. Dave_Gershman 5 years 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 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.

  3. daveineg 5 years ago

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

    • chaifetz10 5 years ago

      Seriously? Have you not been following Jon Jay?

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

        • 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.

  4. erm016 5 years 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 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…

      • 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 ago

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

      • Ferrariman 5 years 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 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.

        • Craig isn’t hitting & Rasmus is still hurt.

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

  6. JST1331 5 years 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.

  7. redsandyanksfan 5 years 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

  8. penpaper 5 years ago

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

    • johnsilver 5 years 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 ago

        He is much better in centerfield than “decent”

  9. RiverKKiller999 5 years ago

    It’s the Giants.

  10. dont believe rosenthal… could be dodgers.

  11. FishFan03 5 years ago

    got my money its the Giants

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

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

  12. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 5 years 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 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.

  13. ludafish 5 years 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

  14. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 5 years ago

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

  15. Guest 5 years 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 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.”

  16. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

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

  17. 55saveslives 5 years ago

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

  18. friscofan101 5 years 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.

  19. frank_costanza 5 years 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 ago

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

      • 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.

  20. Guest 5 years 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.

  21. fishfan4life 5 years ago

    Please trade him.

  22. coolstorybro222 5 years ago

    thank god the phillies didn’t get him.

  23. Taskmaster75 5 years ago

    It’s going to suck when Jon Jay regresses to his actual numbers. No way he sustains a .406 BABIP.

  24. greengrove 5 years ago

    The Giants just want every average outfielder in the league.

  25. Typical Brian Sabean move, in that it makes no sense at all.

  26. IIMadzII 5 years ago

    Disappointing move as a Fish fan. Letting a fan favorite walk away and getting nothing in return all to bring up the king of triple A, Maybin. Hopefully this kid is actually productive this time around.

    • I hear ya. What a dissapointment. The fish have been an on the bubble team now for a while now and to see a guy who is young and a fan favorite walk away and get nothing in return, thats not right. The marlins with this move are now heading in the wrong direction, no matter how well maybin does.

  27. fishfan4life 5 years ago

    I’m sure Loria is just happy to get rid of his contract (albeit not a big one) considering they got no one in return.

  28. TeamCropDusters 5 years ago

    Looking like Schieholtz days in SF are all but over. He is out of options, and I don’t see another team not claiming him.

    They could also DFA Rowand. But that is unlikely.

  29. myname_989 5 years ago

    I’m kind of surprised the Marlins just awarded him to the Giants. Looks like the Giants put in a claim to block, and got shafted by the Marlins. Now they’ll have to move someone off their active roster for Ross. He’s a good pickup, but you’re gonna lose someone, probably Schierholtz. They should really just bite the bullet and designate Aaron Rowand for assignment.

  30. Guest 5 years ago

    Can someone explain to me why Ross was awarded to the Giants?

    • the giants did not want to trade for him.
      So the marlins could keep Ross, or just dump him on the Giants.
      They did the 2nd

  31. mgsports 5 years ago

    Thye just put Nate or Aaron Waviers.

  32. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 5 years ago

    Haha Giants… way to go! an 6 Games back 😉

  33. giantsfan4life 5 years ago

    Please tell me they’re going to DFA Rowand now, I’m tired of watching him either strike out or hit weak GB’s to third or short.

  34. Sabean’s job is on the line, he’s panicking as the Giants are slipping. You heard it here first, if the Giants don’t make the playoffs, Sabean is gone. It’s win-win.

  35. 6 games back and counting, minus 1MM and no playoffs this year, good claim ha ha ha.

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