Saturday, December 22, 2012

Diamondbacks To Sign Cody Ross


The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced they have agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Cody Ross on a three year deal worth twenty-six million dollars, with a fourth year club option. The contract includes a signing bonus of $3 million dollars, and Ross will make $5 million this year, and $8.5 million dollars the following two. The club option for a fourth year will be at the price of $9.5 million dollars with a $1 million dollar buyout. Ross hit .267 with 22 home runs last year in Boston, and turns 32 tomorrow, the 23rd of December.. Ross will join what is an already crowded Diamondbacks consisting of incumbents Justin Upton, Jason Kubel, and Geraldo Parra, along with prospects Adam Eaton and AJ Pollock who seem to be major league ready. The signing gives the Diamondbacks even more outfield depth than the great depth they had before, and it would seem logical to see one of their spare outfielders traded away in the coming weeks. Justin Upton has been the big name on the market, but after the Trevor Bauer trade, GM Kevin Towers has said it is very unlikely he will move. Fellow outfielder Jason Kubel would draw a lot of interest from teams looking for outfielders, after hitting a career-best thirty home runs last year. This signing doesn’t make a ton of sense currently for the D’Backs, because Ross doesn’t have an obvious role with the D’Backs. However, this signings effectiveness will be determined based upon, what, if anything, Arizona can do with its excess outfield. If the snakes can manage to move Kubel or Parra for a helpful piece elsewhere on the field, the deal would suddenly look like a great move. However, if the D’Backs can’t move any of their outfielders, then it will force either Parra, Ross, or Kubel into a not just 4th, but 5th outfielder role, as it appears the Diamondbacks are set on giving Adam Eaton the reigns in center field to start the season as their leadoff man. This deal could turn out to be a sneaky good signing for the Diamondbacks, as Ross could effectively replace Kubel or Parra if they are traded. But if an outfielder is not moved, the Diamondbacks will be stuck with six MLB ready outfielders, not a bad problem to have per say, but Ross would appear to be an unnecessary signing for Arizona.

Once again this is not me writing this, welcome JT to our staff! This will be a 3-man writing staff for the next few weeks, and we will see how it goes!

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