The Rockies And Cody Ross

WEDNESDAY, 12:05pm: "There is absolutely no truth to the Cody Ross stories," an excellent Rockies source told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.  The source also told Saunders, "The Rockies have always liked Cody as a player but we have no fit at all in our outfield."  Yesterday, Olney explained that the team's interest in Ross is conditional, based on whether they trade Smith.

MONDAY, 9:04am: The Rockies are in contract talks with Cody Ross, according to Buster Olney of (via Twitter). Ross would presumably help the club create depth if they make a long-expected trade involving Seth Smith.

The outfielder was said to be seeking a three-year deal for some time but is now willing to sign a two-year pact. Earlier this month the Rockies seemed to have mild interest in Ross but it appears that they have ramped up their pursuit.

There's no shortage of suitors for Smith as he is drawing interest from the A's, Rays, Mariners, Braves, and Mets. Even though the talks that would have sent Martin Prado to the Rockies have gone cold, we learned over the weekend that Atlanta is still in on Smith.

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  1. cubsfanraysaddict 4 years ago

    Does he get that three year deal!!!??!! The suspense is overwhelming! 

  2. Nooooooooo!!!!!!!!!! This can’t be happening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t approve =P!
    Go to Baltimore Cody Ross! Go to Baltimore!
    PS The Orioles would have to show interest and as far as I know they haven’t shown interest in anyone really! =(
    Including Ross.

  3. Triple Hawpes Brewed 4 years ago

    Dear Braves,

    Y U like Smith?! He can’t hit lefties, and is much worse away from Coors. What about that screams “trade for me?”

    • Guest 4 years ago

      Damn cheap ownership…
      (That’s the only thing I can think of… relatively low salary… because you’re right… he’s not that great…. I don’t want him on my team)

    • Last year Smith had an OPS home away spilt of .848 at home and .814 away so it looks like he has figured out how to hit away from Coors. 

      As far as the can’t hit lefties part we already have a platoon player on our roster who can (Diaz).  If we use Smith’s and Diaz’s three year averages in a possible platoon situation you get an OPS of .878 against righties and an OPS of .880 against lefties.  That would be way better than Prado’s best year with an OPS of .838.

      • Jeff 4 years ago

        If the Braves salary dump, it will be JJ that is dumped, not Prado.
        (I don’t think they have to)

        The one Seth Smith deal I would do is JJ+Hinske for Smith+one of your top prospects.

        I’d go so far as JJ+Hinske+B+ prospect (Spruill maybe)+ 1 B prospect (Hoover) for Smith+Fowler.

        • Triple Hawpes Brewed 4 years ago

          “I’d go so far as JJ+Hinske+B+ prospect (Spruill maybe)+ 1 B prospect (Hoover) for Smith+Fowler.”

          Cease and desist the lunacy, please.

    • GearsofTed 4 years ago

      And his absolutely hilarious defense to go along with it.

      Well.. hilarious if you’re not a Rockies fan

  4. ObamaDinoKiller 4 years ago

    this is what is wrong w/mlb. garbage players who have 1 decent year become desirable commodities and get bigger contracts than any1 deserves for their skill. f u cody ross

    • Amish_willy 4 years ago

      Platoon players are never seen in the proper light, but they add value, and if used properly, could a good deal of value for a cheap cost. Take Cody Ross, signing a 1-year Colorado isn’t so much about guaranteed money, but getting a full year worth of playing time in an environment far friendlier then SF. He’s trying to avoid his fate, a full-time platoon player limited to 300 PA a year.He own’s a career .912 ops off LHP, including 46 hr’s in 759 PA’s. On another note, pairing him and Smith, who has reversed splits would make for a very solid RF platoon. For around 8m they could be looking at a .290 average and 30 homerun’s from the position.

      IMO, Kevin Towers should have looked to sign Cody Ross who will probably get no more than 4m on  a 1-year deal, before signing Kubel to a 2/15m… The dbacks haven’t met KT’s ugly other side yet, the “sludge merchant”, he can only lurk in the background for so long… stay tuned. One might ask how the sludge got in their in first place? 

    • WillieMaysField 4 years ago

      Why the hate? Ross has a career OPS+ of 105 and can play all three outfield spots. 3 year deal? No thanks but a one or two year deal at 3 to 4M per season is fine.

      • gmenfan 4 years ago

        When you demand a 3yr./$21M deal after coming off your second worst season in your career, its a little hard to swallow. Just seems like 2010 went to his head, along with Aubrey Huff as well.

    • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

      im just happy i wont have to hear ross is boss advertisements on the radio

  5. banjohitter 4 years ago

    The Prado/Smith thing is ONLY about money.  If the Braves were interested in helping the team, this would not be discussed.  They want to dump Prado and that is SAD !!!

  6. Bonesaw McGraw 4 years ago

    Randy Moss?

  7. bravesdude 4 years ago

    I would like to know the source from the Braves side that keeps saying that they are “in” on Smith . He is nothing that Wren has stated that he is looking to trade for . The media has taken this whole trade idea with the Braves/Rockies and twisted it around to be something that it is not . What they need to be saying is ,” Braves still remain ‘in’ on the Rockies OF prospects with Smith as a possible throw in .”

  8. progmatinee 4 years ago

    I don’t get this move for the Rockies unless along with the Smith trade they also part with 1 or more of Wheeler, Blackmon, Colvin or hope not Fowler. How many OFs do Rox need? O’Dowd lied when he said he had no interest in lower tier players after getting rid of Wigginton.

    I like Ross fine, but seriously where does he fit in? Are the Rockies trying to contend in 2012 or building for the future? With that rotation they can’t be seriously thinking about 2012, so why place additional roadblocks in the way of developing the 3 young OFs who with any luck and improvement in 2012 will contribute in 2013 and beyond. Do they really think Ross has a future with the Rockies beyond 1 or 2 years? SO WHAT THE F IS THE POINT?

  9. Wrek305 4 years ago

    The Rockies don’t want or need a judy hitter like Cody Ross they have a pretty decent team already. They would have no room for a 5th/6th OFer

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      “They would have no room for a 5th/6th OFe”

      What planet are you on? Ross would be a 4th OF on just about any team, is a very good defensive OF. Not too mention has decent power for his size and if he ever could get the chance to play is a stadium not with the size of the Grand Canyon, would more than likely put up good overall numbers.

      5th-6th OF, on the Rockies??? He would be higher than that on GOOD teams even…

      • Wrek305 4 years ago

        Cody Ross is a Judy hitter. Nothing more. You’re basically saying Tyler Colvin is worse the Ross which is not possible at all

  10. DenverPoke 4 years ago

    Strange the Rockies going after another OF. Maybe they now swap Cargo and a prospect for Prado/Jurrjens/Heyward. :-)

    • progmatinee 4 years ago

      Hah. More like Cargo for Prado, Freeman, Jurrjens, Heyward and McCann.

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        yours is worse

      • Rangersfan32 4 years ago

        Apparently CarGo went off and became a god without telling anybody but you.

    • GearsofTed 4 years ago

      Thank God you’re not a GM

  11. sourbob 4 years ago

    Wasn’t there a rumor that Ross’s people were seeking $6MM a year for three years? That is HYSTERICAL.

    • gmenfan 4 years ago

      Asked for 3yrs./$21M to start the offseason. Just shocked that his market hasn’t evolved very quickly.

  12. What type of non-sense is going on in COL; get all the OFs so people have to trade with us? They can’t carry 6OFs. They are diminishing the value of Smith if they sign him too

  13. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    This makes me think a Seth Smith trade is imminent. If it’s the Braves, I hope Frank Wren was smart about it. We’ve got two Irish guys battling it out with words, no wonder this has taken so long 😉 

    • Thomas W 4 years ago

      Honestly Cody makes more sense if they are moving Fowler, a Smith/Ross LF, Cargo CF, Cuddyer RF with Colvin/Wheeler/Blackmon fighting for the 5th OF spot.

  14. Fred_G_Sanford 4 years ago

    I strongly disagree with this assessment!

    • donttreadonme74 4 years ago

      Typo- I re-edited but for some reason, it’s still not up.

  15. coreybishop 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a CarGo to the Braves trade with Heyward and Jurrjens being involved.


    • grownice 4 years ago

      Back off get your own Outfielders!

      – Blue Jays.

  17. thekoshow 4 years ago

    I don’t get this one. We need pitching. Tyler Colvin can be our 4th OF. Sign Brad Lidge, and then focus on the rotation. 

  18. Fishing Bill 4 years ago

    You guys are all overlooking the obvious… this doesn’t mean they are dealing Smith. Ross is probably being looked at as a platoon for Smith. A Spillborgs replacement. 

    • denverbears 4 years ago

      It would have made sense, but the Rockies now have Cuddyer…so where do you play them all?

      • Fishing Bill 4 years ago

        Cuddyer is a VERY good 2B… they would prefer him at RF/LF, but make no mistake he CAN easily be a 2B or 1B as well. 

        • denverbears 4 years ago

          What?  He has played about 80 games at 2b in his career and less than 20 since 2006.  I don’t think anyone is projecting him at 2B.  Although, it would solve a lot of problems, I seriously doubt he has the mobility for it–he isn’t a very good 3B, why would he be good at 2B?

    • I would prefer that they kept Spilly and not worried about Ross.

  19. melonis_rex 4 years ago

    And, what use does Ross play? Don’t they already have a ton of outfielders and outfield prospects. 

    And if they’re looking into signing Ross, why don’t they just keep Smith. He’s cheaper.

  20. donttreadonme74 4 years ago

    What is wrong with this site?  I posted an assessment hours ago and it still isn’t up.  Any help?  Said the moderator has to review.

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago

      OK, what comes to mind is that any post containing rude language or an address for some website will tend to hang in limbo, waiting for review. If there is some kind of “uncoolness” it probably won’t get through.

  21. BobbyJohn 4 years ago

    Signed Cuddyer and traded for Colvin. In what sense does bringing in Ross make a lick of sense?

  22. Ross, CarGo, Cuddyer in the OF?  Not a horrible idea.  Thinking that EY v2.o (my Christmas wish may come true) and Smith are here for a matter of time, possibly Fowler as well.

  23. Please someone OVERPAY and sign Cody Ross and someone please trade for Seth Smith so the Reds don’t go out and get these garbage players.. No Ludwick, No Ankiel, No Theriot, No Cordero. LET Heisey play LF

  24. Triple Hawpes Brewed 4 years ago


  25. Lastings 4 years ago

    Well, what are they supposed to do when Lastings turned down their contract offer? Move on to the next guy…

  26. Rangersfan32 4 years ago

    Well it could be worth three years if its an extremely team friendly contract.

  27. bleedrockiepurple 4 years ago

    Pipe down about your wet dreams.

  28. WillieMaysField 4 years ago

    He’s not horrible just average.

  29. progmatinee 4 years ago

    Unfortunately I agree. Confounding, nonsensical moves are O’Dowd’s M.O. Signing a 23rd OF while we have no established 2nd baseman is too crazy of a move for O’Dowd not to make.

    Last year it was the infield O’Dowd overloaded. This year its the OF. 2013 maybe we’ll carry 4 catchers.

  30. bleedrockiepurple 4 years ago

    Just puked in my mouth a little…not sure if it’s the thought of 4 catchers or the realization of O’Dowd’s hoarding problem.

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