Red Sox Sign Cody Ross

The Red Sox have signed outfielder Cody Ross to a one-year deal, the team announced.  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the agreement, and ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports the deal is worth roughly $3MM plus incentives (all Twitter links).  Ross is represented by SFX. 

Ross played all three outfield positions for the Giants last season and hit .240/.325/.405 line with 14 home runs in 461 plate appearances.  A right-handed hitter, Ross projects to join the left-handed hitting Ryan Sweeney in a right field platoon, though Ross could also get a few starts in left field for Carl Crawford (also a lefty bat) against tough southpaws.

The Mets, Athletics, Reds, Braves and Rockies were all connected to Ross at various points this winter, with Boston seemingly moving into the lead once they freed up some payroll space by trading Marco Scutaro to Colorado.  With Ross in the fold, a source tells Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that the Sox will still try to add a starting pitcher with the money saved from the Scutaro deal.


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183 Comments on "Red Sox Sign Cody Ross"


start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

Please tell me he’s cheap.

fitz
3 years 6 months ago

Bleh! 

Notin J. Notin
3 years 6 months ago

Depending on the cash, this might not be a bad idea.

Disgustedfan
3 years 6 months ago

Roy Halladay can now sigh in relief.

3 years 6 months ago

I was waiting for that comment. Thanks.

bayareabeast
3 years 6 months ago

hehe

alan104
3 years 6 months ago

hehe

3 years 6 months ago

Not completely, the Sillies play the Sox at Citizens Park in May.
I think Cody Ross is already licking his chops!

michael hughes
3 years 6 months ago

The Sillies? That has got to be the most neutered taunt I’ve ever heard. It sounds like a team in a clown baseball league.

Shane C. Free
3 years 6 months ago

LOL, yeah, the “sillies” is pretty weak, are you 6 years old Lefty?

michael hughes
3 years 6 months ago

The Sillies? That has got to be the most neutered taunt I’ve ever heard. It sounds like a team in a clown baseball league.

Ben H.
3 years 6 months ago

I like the deal if it was cheap! Haha

xfipMachine
3 years 6 months ago

Better be for less than 2 million or F this S.

MaineSox
3 years 6 months ago

 If it’s $2M they paid too much

notsureifsrs
3 years 6 months ago

if it’s non-zero they paid too much

weighted average wRC+ v. LHP last 3 seasons

cody ross 115
darnell mcdonald 122

MaineSox
3 years 6 months ago

 this

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

Oh god, he’s somehow WORSE than McDonald??

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Not hardly. Anyone with a pulse is better than McDonald and what is lacking in some stats is Ross played half his games at SFG and not Fenway…

A slight difference for any RH hitter. Ross is 2x the better defender at any OF position as well and won’t make bone headed mistakes on the field.

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

Trust me, no one likes Darnell McDonald less than I do. I was just remarking at the cited stat.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

I gotcha.. Remember seeing here that you are not exactly a huge mcDonald fan either :-)

Ross will end up being the best 4th OF Boston has had since Crisp left and just because Cherrington/Henry refuse to spend 8-10m for oswalt, going ahead and getting someone capable at least of filling in until CC comes back and then on the bench, plus getting some AB’s vs lefties playing RF was a very good move.

If some of the Sox fans can’t see that (not you) then it is their own fault for having on blinders.

Frederick Darwin Quixote
3 years 6 months ago

I fully expect Ross to now be traded in hopes of allotting salary for Oswalt.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

lol

dahnthemahn90
3 years 6 months ago

Why wouldn’t they just sign oswalt then… 

GoAwayNow
3 years 6 months ago

Seriously?

Richard Owens
3 years 6 months ago

Why would they trade Ross to allow salary for Oswalt. It would just be as if they never signed him in the first place. If they wanted Oswalt, why not just sign him instead. Would make no sense to do it after signing then trading Ross.

flickadave
3 years 6 months ago

Sarcasm detector broken again?

bayareabeast
3 years 6 months ago

he must have not downloaded the newest format

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 6 months ago

LMAO your comment made my day! (don’t judge…my days are often uneventful!)

3 years 6 months ago

called sarcasm

3 years 6 months ago

it’s called sarcasm.

formerdraftpick
3 years 6 months ago

Great pickup for the Sox! 

3 years 6 months ago

2/9 +1M buyout

3 years 6 months ago

Scutaro> Ross

JB3
3 years 6 months ago

Scutaro $ < Ross $

Caballo14
3 years 6 months ago

SS >>>> Platoon OF

MaineSox
3 years 6 months ago

If you offered me one year of Scutaro at $6M or one year of Ross at $3M I’d choose Scutaro every time.

vilifyingforce
3 years 6 months ago

But you make the trade first then sign your target! 😉

MaineSox
3 years 6 months ago

Still on that?

The fact that they needed to trade Scutaro before spending the money they would save by trading him has nothing to do with whether I wanted them to actually trade him or not.

vilifyingforce
3 years 6 months ago

Oh I realize that. I just really enjoyed you trying to prove your point. With this signing it makes it look even better. :)

Dean Chace
3 years 6 months ago

Welcome to Boston, Mr. Ross. Now, let’s work on raising that batting average…

TophersReds
3 years 6 months ago

Thank God it’s over, the suspense was KILLING me.

3 years 6 months ago

Id rather throw Scutaro in right

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 6 months ago

6/180 Full no trade CLEARLY. He is the boss after all.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

Awaiting the can he play SS comment

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Ahh. Now I read this after I posted my comment. Although I did add Can he pitch to it.

dylanp5030
3 years 6 months ago

Well, we know it’s more than 1 million.

chris_synan1
3 years 6 months ago

If he stays healthy this move is gonna be great…..Ross is good solid starting RF….Listen ANYTHING is better than JD Drew

flickadave
3 years 6 months ago

No. No, it isn’t.

Tko11
3 years 6 months ago

Your comment shows how much Drew’s defense was under appreciated in right field at Fenway. Drew’s defense was good and he got some extremely clutch hits for the Sox over the years. Ross is nothing special but I guess hes better than Ryan Sweeney…

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

Drew had one grand slam in the 2007 ALCS that basically won the series. It was all downhill from there.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

Heck, that hit was worth his salary for the year. But I do agree that people are not taking into account Drew’s defense. Right field in Fenway is considered pretty hard to defend and Drew was one of the best defensive right fielders in the game.

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

He gets jumps on balls in the air better than anyone I’ve seen, that’s for sure.

MaineSox
3 years 6 months ago

Drew was a top 10 outfielder from ’08 to ’10 according to fWAR.

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, I was just talking offense. He’s a highly underrated defender. I used to have fun showing my Yankee fan friends his UZR after they insisted he was an awful fielder.

MaineSox
3 years 6 months ago

He was actually also a top ten offensive outfielder during that time according to wOBA (and 12th best according to wRC+).

PWNdroia
3 years 6 months ago

Despite the fact that Sweeney has a higher career BA and OBP (although far less ABs).

3 years 6 months ago

Ross apparently turned the Mets down…..im thrilled

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Can he pitch or play shortstop?

Lars Chunks
3 years 6 months ago

No, but Aviles can now that he doesn’t need to play RF.

MNTwins12
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t see Ross hitting very well in the American League.

Lars Chunks
3 years 6 months ago

Can’t be any worse than the guys he’s replacing.

Ben H.
3 years 6 months ago

I second that

notsureifsrs
3 years 6 months ago

sure he can. for the last three seasons he’s been worse than reddick was in 2011. can’t hold a candle to j.d. drew

Lars Chunks
3 years 6 months ago

Reddick and Drew aren’t on the team.  I’m talking about Sweeney and McDonald.

redsox4434
3 years 6 months ago

But the thing is he’s better than Darnell McDonald.

PWNdroia
3 years 6 months ago

The bat boy is better than Darnell McDonald.

3 years 6 months ago

im better then darnell mcdonald. think the redsox will sign me for 3 mil?

BoSoxSam
3 years 6 months ago

except not really.

GlassJawn
3 years 6 months ago

Why not?  Most hitters that go from the NL to AL show improvements because the pitching isn’t as good.  I mean look at the AL Central.  Maybe 3 good starters in that entire division.