The Arizona Diamondbacks made one of most puzzling additions to their team during this offseason when they inked former San Francisco Giants outfielder Cody Ross to a three year deal. When the Diamondbacks made this deal it was a surprise to most people around baseball as the team already had numerous options at the outfield position. Then the Diamondbacks decided to pull the trigger and trade their all-star outfielder Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves. The Ross deal to Arizona made more sense once Upton was traded to the Braves as the Diamondbacks chose to spend money on a free-agent rather than use internal options they had at their disposal.
Ross was expected to begin the season as the Diamondbacks starting right fielder, but he has been injured for most of spring training with a troublesome calf injury. The calf injury has limited Ross to playing in only four games this spring. The season begins in less than two weeks for Arizona, and it’s a toss up if Ross will be available to play on opening day or begin the season on the disabled list.
The Diamondbacks do have plenty of depth at the outfield position which is a positive, but the options that are available to the team would not be able to produce on level that Ross could have provided, as indicated by his .267/.326/.807 triple-slash in 567 at-bats last season with the Boston Red Sox. The Diamondbacks options if Ross is not healthy are Gerardo Parra and A.J. Pollock. Both have performed well this spring.
The health of Ross will be a concern once the season begins, but when he comes back the Diamondbacks will be in good shape to compete for a playoff spot.
Chris is the Diamondbacks writer for RantSports.com
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