After weeks of bouncing around teams’ interests and at one point considering a return to the Boston Red Sox, free agent outfielder Cody Ross will return to the National League and sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ross signs with the Diamondbacks for three years. The terms of the deal have yet to be announced.
The deal with the Ross comes as a surprise at the Diamondbacks outfield already looks set with Justin Upton, Jason Kubel, Gerardo Parra and Adam Eaton. Ross was also linked to the Texas Rangers, which would have been one of the smartest places for Ross to go because the Rangers missed out on Josh Hamilton.
With Arizona signing Ross, this opens a door for them to strike a deal for Upton who they have come close to making a deal on numerous times. This deal also comes into question the starting center fielder if Eaton is considered the starter over Ross or vice versa. There are a lot of questions that still have to be answered and with a lot of offseason left to get through, do not be surprised if the Diamondbacks make a deal either before the new year or immediately after.
Ross, about to turn 32, batted .267/.326/.481 in 130 games with the Red Sox last season with 22 home runs and 81 RBI. Ross was replaced by the Red Sox with Jonny Gomes earlier in the offseason.
Ross has spent 10 years with National League teams and knows it well. He is sure to help Arizona dramatically.
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