5 Reasons Why the Arizona Diamondbacks Should Trade Cody Ross

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5 Reasons Why the Arizona Diamondbacks Should Trade Cody Ross

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Few teams have made more noise than the Arizona Diamondbacks this MLB offseason. The trade that brought in Mark Trumbo is said to have made them serious contenders for the NL West all by itself. The same is said about the move that brought in Addison Reed. Basically the DBacks have been busy trying to compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014.

They hung with the Dodgers until just past the half way point last season anyway so these moves certain look to be the type that would make them contenders. So what about their $9.5M bench player? Remember last offseason when GM Kevin Towers decided to trade away power outfielders in favor of the gritty kind like Cody Ross? They gave Ross nearly 10 big ones per year to come to the desert.

Now Towers sees the error of his ways and presto, we have Trumbo in Arizona. What of Ross though? Surely they don’t intend to keep an everyday type player like him on the bench for the next couple of seasons. What they need to do is further add to their roster by trading Ross to a contender that needs outfield help. What follows are five reasons they should trade Ross. Leave a comment below if you have something to add.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Ross isn’t Needed as Bench Player

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The Diamondbacks have other players currently and in their system that can fill the fourth outfielder role well for a lot less money. They could even eat some of his salary, save themselves money still and move him quicker in the case of teams being iffy about Ross’ injured hip a year ago. Basically he just isn’t needed as a bench player and they should move him.

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4 – Ross Deserves a Starting Job

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It isn’t Ross’ fault that the DBacks decided against power and then chose to go with power one year later. He cannot be held accountable for that. While some might suggest Ross wouldn’t mind collecting a check for riding the pine, I beg to differ. This is a scrappy, hardnosed player that deserves to start in the majors.

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3 – Great Trade Partner

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What I mean by that is that he would be a great member of a four player trade where more than one player left. Ross and maybe a middle relief guy that has been displaced now could be packaged together to make an attractive package that could replace the young pitcher they gave up for Trumbo.

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2 – Trade Value is High

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Yes, Ross went down with an injured hip in 2013 and wasn’t having a dynamite year before that. Having said that, his value is still going to be fairly high considering the type of player he is. It isn’t that he doesn’t have a lot of talent but he seems to rely more on hard play and getting dirty to get the job done whether on the offensive or defensive side of the baseball. Teams like that and will still see that in Ross.

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1 – Dbacks Do Not Need Him

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Just to drive the point home; a team that has added some salary and will likely hope to hold on to the slugger they just traded for a little while should free up money where they can. They don’t need an everyday fourth outfielder. The three they have are plenty good enough to start every day and I can’t see any of the three doing better in a platoon role just because Ross is not a bench player. They don’t need him so they should get as much of his money off of the books as they can.

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