Cody Ross Seeking Three-Year, $25MM Deal

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that in negotiations between Cody Ross and the Red Sox, Ross and his agents at SFX were seeking a contract in the three-year, $25MM range (Twitter link).

Ross signed a one-year, $3MM contract with the Red Sox last winter in hopes of rebuilding his value and re-entering the market in search of a multi-year deal. He did just that, slugging 22 homers and putting up a solid .267/.326/.481 batting line in 130 games for the BoSox.

Ross' 2012 season is comparable to the 2011 season enjoyed by Josh Willingham when he was with the Athletics. Willingham hit .246/.332/.477 with 29 homers for the A's that season and was rewarded with a three-year, $21MM contract by the Twins. Ross didn't post as gaudy of a home run total, but he also posseses the ability to play center field in a pinch and has a better defensive reputation in general.

Despite a glaring home-road split (.232/.294/.390 away from Fenway Park), Ross has likely positioned himself as a candidate for a multi-year deal. He'll be going up against the likes of Josh Hamilton, Nick Swisher, Torii Hunter and Ichiro Suzuki in this year's free agent class for corner outfielders.


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73 Comments on "Cody Ross Seeking Three-Year, $25MM Deal"


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JT91theFuture
2 years 8 months ago

A career year for a player on the wrong side of 30? This spells trouble, but someone will bite, naturally.

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Wek
2 years 8 months ago

Do you even know what “a player on the wrong side of 30″ means? He is only 31, 32 in December. If 31-32 is the wrong side what is the good side of 30? Just 30?

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sarcasm_robot
2 years 8 months ago

is this a trick question

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stl_cards16
2 years 8 months ago

Seriously? What is the other side of 30? That would be the good side.

Hint: 30 only has 2 sides?

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JT91theFuture
2 years 8 months ago

Man, that’s deep…

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alan104
2 years 8 months ago

The good side of 30 is 28-29.

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rkmarx
2 years 8 months ago

Apparently you don’t. There are 2 sides to 30, and they are “above” and “below”. The “wrong side of 30″ would be above 30. 31 is above 30. Ipso facto, 31 is on the wrong side of 30.

Your vote should count less than mine.

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MSUcorner
2 years 8 months ago

Platoon 4th OF signing for 3 years? Players or agents are getting crazier by the day.

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JT91theFuture
2 years 8 months ago

Not to mention his splits away from Fenway are rather startling. .921 OPS at home versus the low .600’s away

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dylanp5030
2 years 8 months ago

Still doesn’t make him a platoon player. Unless by Platoon, you mean only play when his team plays at Fenway.

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JT91theFuture
2 years 8 months ago

Never said he was a platoon player. Even though at this stage in his career, I do believe that would suit him better. Either way, those splits should be a glaring red flag for any team looking to invest big bucks in this guy

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MSUcorner
2 years 8 months ago

Yeah. Those splits were very troublesome. Only a team with a park that heavily favors dead-pull righties with warning track power should be interested. I just don’t see his extremely limited tool set as being worth 3 years or that many dollars. Maybe sox will be kind to him and go 2/$10M

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dylanp5030
2 years 8 months ago

By that stat, Carlos Gonzales is a platoon player.

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JT91theFuture
2 years 8 months ago

Shades of Dante Bichette

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hoagiebuchanan
2 years 8 months ago

He might as well be. CarGo is a straight-up replacement player outside of Coors Field. Look it up.

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dylanp5030
2 years 8 months ago

So you’re saying he might as well be a platoon player that only plays at home? That’d be interesting…

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dylanp5030
2 years 8 months ago

Platoon? Yes, he hits lefties better, but he still his righties at around a .260 clip. I don’t think I would consider him a platoon player. That, and he hit 22 HR’s last year.

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dylanp5030
2 years 8 months ago

I see a 2/15 deal for him. Maybe someone will give him an option for a third year.

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Shaun Newkirk
2 years 8 months ago

2/15 might even be too much.

His production is worth $5,000,000 a year are most. There are some near replacement level guys as good as him. Can’t field, can’t run the bases, and really can’t hit besides last year.

Good job Red Sox. Pass on him.

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LazerTown
2 years 8 months ago

I agree. 15-20 hr .320 obp RFers are very easy to replace. Especially considering that he isn’t very good in the field. There really is no need to be paying him $8M a year.

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DerekJeterDan
2 years 8 months ago

No way the Red Sox give into those demands. Smart to let him walk.

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55saveslives
2 years 8 months ago

He wanted 3 yrs from the Giants as well before settling for 1 yr 3 mill from Sox.

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johnsilver
2 years 8 months ago

He’s just like advertised and the reason wanted him from my “other” favorite team 5 years ago.. Dead pull hitter (FB) without massive power.. Yep.. he isn’t going to crush the ball at SF, then how many people are? THAT is a pitcher’s park.. Fenway is a hitter’s park and if not for that wonky new and redesigned pressbox from 20Y ago? The guy would have had a lot more than 22HR last year, cause it blocked the wind when it blows out, like when petrocelli used to hit all those bombs (over 200) with cheap-O HR and .89 when Nick Esasky hit 30+ out of the blue for them.

Ross is in the perfect stadium to play half his games.. he leaves? His HR numbers will drop, even if he goes to Baltimore or Arlington.

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BlueSkyLA
2 years 8 months ago

Thank you again for making sense. Here you talk about whether this is the right player for this team and park, and not whether the rumored contract would be an “overpay.” Maybe if fans spent more time discussing the game of baseball and less on the business of baseball, we’d get into fewer pointless debates. Pie in the sky, I know…

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johnsilver
2 years 8 months ago

A park has the ability to make, or break a player, even ressurect the career of some like we have seen many times as fans BlueSky.

Am sure you also look over players and hope certain ones eventually find their way to LA to play so that they can take advantage of the confines of Chavez Ravine.. derek Lowe was a wonderful example of a guy on the ropes in a terrible situation for him (Fenway) where he had to be exact with everything and the minute he lost that ability? needed the change of scenerery where at least missing his spots on occasion would not lead to balls landing off of a LF wall and LA was that answer.

Ted Lilly as well and think Crawford is going to be another who has massive speed and going to be able to use the gaps well.

Fans all too often here leave out the stadium factor..Agreed 100%. They look at what a certain player did at 1 stadium and figure that they can do it anywhere and in many situations it just isn’t the case at all.

Both of us catch some flack for going “back in time” with examples of players over the years as examples, along with modern day ones to back it up, but many just don’t wish to look into it further and refuse the stadium (home) tilted theme of it all for certain players when they find a perfect situation.

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withpower
2 years 8 months ago

He had a multi-year deal on the table from Atlanta. He turned it down to sign with Boston because he liked the opportunity for him on that team.

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2 years 8 months ago

….and how’d that work out for him? hahaha

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withpower
2 years 8 months ago

Really well. He’s about to get paid.