The Boston Red Sox need an outfielder to fill a void and are looking to Cody Ross. However, the Red Sox are not the only team interested in Ross. The San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies are also gaining interest in Ross to fill a void in both of their outfields.
Ross played in 130 games for the Red Sox in 2012. He batted .267/.326/.481 in that span with 22 home runs and 81 RBI. It was a better season than he had in 2011 with the Giants, which will definitely increase his free agent value. The Red Sox have been iffy on Ross ever since signing Jonny Gomes to a two-year, $10 million deal. However, Boston remains interested but will have competition now to sign him.
The Phillies and Giants are both looking for alternative options to signing Angel Pagan, who is due for a pay day. Both teams have a chance to go out and sign Pagan but could look at the cheaper alternative in Ross. The Phillies could use him to replace Darin Ruf in left field and could help the Giants out in center field in place of Pagan.
The Atlanta Braves have also emerged as a candidate to make a play for Ross as a possible back up for any of the outfielders in the Braves’ lineup. B.J. Upton and the Braves signed a long-term deal last week making the National League a lot tougher.