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Giants make waiver claim on Marlins' Cody Ross

Aug 22, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

From the Marlins' official Twitter feed comes word that the Giants have been awarded outfielder Cody Ross from the Marlins on a waiver claim. Ross, 29, is batting .264/.315/.404 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI...

From the Marlins’ official Twitter feed comes word that the Giants have been awarded outfielder Cody Ross from the Marlins on a waiver claim.

Ross, 29, is batting .264/.315/.404 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI in 451 at-bats this season as a full-time outfielder for the Marlins.  He’s a fairly versatile defender and will probably play a few different roles in San Francisco’s crowded outfield.

The Giants are doing all they can to give their offense a spark.  The arrival of catching prospect Buster Posey lit off a productive July, but things have fallen flat in the month of August.  Ross has posted decent power numbers in the past and boasts a respectable .264/.321/.466 batting line.  Maybe he can get hot for a month-plus with the Wild Card-chasing Giants.

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News says that the Giants will pay all $1.1 million remaining on Ross’ contract.

  1. Blancspot - Aug 22, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Here’s a good read:

  2. JimmyY - Aug 22, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Is there a player the Giants don’t put a claim on? Throwing stuff at the wall and see if it sticks sounds like they’re desperate.

  3. Buccofan - Aug 22, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    I really like Ross, but I don’t understand this move. The SF OF is already crowded, and unless they intend to put Ross in RF and use Guillen as a pinch-hitter, this doesn’t make sense. Ross is stretched in a huge center field like San Francisco (or Florida), and hasn’t been hitting lately while Torres is doing a find job there.

  4. walk - Aug 22, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    I hope it works out for them. They have a decent shot at the wild card if lincecum (ok that names hard to spell) figures it out. They really scare me in a short series. On a side note didnt the braves try to trade for him? I thought he was off the table and signing a new contract with florida.

  5. Old Gator - Aug 22, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    You have to understand the perspective of Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua. The way they look at it, the Giants just paid them $1.1 million for Ross. They clear outfield space for Cameron Maybin, who, I guess, they expect finally to stick in the show this year. And anyway, why should they pay $1.1 million to a 264/.315/.404 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI when they can extend Kindly Uncle Wes’ contract and hang on to a .225 hitter with 4 home runs and 25 RBI for $100,000 less?
    Incidentally, Andrew Miller magically appeared from the minors and pitched extremely well against Huston today – 5 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, 3 strikeouts and 3 walks. It may well be that the Feesh have not yet completely succeeded in destroying the kid’s confidence and resolve when they threw him into the breech a couple of years ago when he was so obviously not ready for it, trying no doubt to make the Cabrera trade look like less of a dump than it actually was. If this is true, the Feesh might wind up with a fine rotation next year, though I still expect that Volstadt and Badenhop remain primo trade bait.

  6. bgrant - Aug 22, 2010 at 10:37 PM


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