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The Giants want to keep Cody Ross around after this season

Oct 18, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

APTOPIX NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

Not every postseason hero gets to stick with their team forever — Francisco Cabrera had a nice moment, but 91 plate appearances after his big hit, he was gone — but Cody “death to inside fastballs” Ross isn’t likely to be one of those short term guys. Brian Sabean tells the Merc that the team is looking to keep the arbitration-eligible Ross after this season.

It helps that, even though Ross is making his national debut in many important ways this week, he’s a decent ballplayer. After a nomadic first few years in the bigs, Ross established himself in Florida, where he showed some nice pop. He doesn’t get on base particularly well, but compared to Aaron Rowand he’s practically Kevin Youkilis in terms of plate discipline. Moreover, given that Andres Torres has probably been playing over his head and given that Pat Burrell has nowhere to go but down, the Giants have to have someone they can rely on in the outfield going forward.

The question, though, is whether Sabean decides to simply do a one year arbitration-avoiding deal on a guy who can probably be counted on for a good year, or if he’s going to take those dingers he hit off  Halladay and Oswalt a bit too seriously and think he has a multi-year contract-deserving superstar on his hands in Ross.

  1. nps6724 - Oct 18, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Please San Fran, keep him. I want him out of the NL East! Take Dan Uggla with him!

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 18, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Even though he has had a “Roy Hobbs-ian” postseason, he still has a .788 career OPS, so it isn’t like he’s bound to start hitting 40 HRs a year…especially at SF.

    • Tim's Neighbor - Oct 18, 2010 at 3:30 PM

      .778 OPS with average to slightly above average defense in CF is not too shabby at all.

  3. Old Gator - Oct 18, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    The Netsuke is a pretty solid ballplayer, good for 20-25 homers and 75-80 RBI in any given year. Most teams could make room for someone like that, especially a team like the Jints that seems to carry featherdusters into battle. He also has a tendency to come up clutch, especially off the bench, and he’s a reliable if unspectacular outfielder (although it’s true that playing behind that Feesh infield, he could have been pretty bad and few if any would have noticed because his deficiencies still would have paled by comparison). And he has some unquantifiable upsides, especially that woodsprite smile that has gladdened the hearts of the occasional kid who showed up at the fieldbox railing during the pregame folles at Joeprodolsharklife Stadium.

    There’s some otherwise unheralded guy who finds himself basking in the limelight every postseason. If it’s his turn, even for a few games, good – it’s not entirely a revelation, I know, but it’s nice that the rest of the world gets to see what Scrooge McLoria thought it was fine to unload for next to nothing to save himself a few wretched dollars this season.

    • Jonny 5 - Oct 18, 2010 at 12:33 PM

      When he went to SF I remember thinking to myself. Why are people saying they picked him up “to block the Padres from getting him.” ?? I mean, he is a good ball player. And SF would be improving by adding him. Well I think it was more of “Let’s get him before SD does, and they destroy us with his help”. It just seemed to me they downplayed his abilities and focused on the wrong point most of the time when it went down.

  4. Utley's Hair - Oct 18, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Just another example of the Dwarves picking up a cheap addition that proves invaluable…at the expense of two of the Big 3–so far. Hollywood, if you’re reading this: 1.) well, maybe you should be getting ready for tomorrow afternoon, rather than reading this blog; 2.) learn from the peroxide part of H2O, and don’t give him anything for the seats or McCovey Cove, please. Okay? Thanks. Now go back to prepping for tomorrow.

    Hey, Craig, I’ve noticed a lack of a writeup on how Eric Hinske won’t make his 17th* straight World Series.

    *May be a slight exaggeration.

    • Jonny 5 - Oct 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM

      “Seriously, you didn’t just pitch him middle in, oh it’s in the seats, You just pitched him middle in, wtf?” I said that twice this weekend. Twice after he took Halladay long the first time. Just throw him Junk outside and hope he doesn’t walk. If he does walk? Well at least he isn’t putting it in the seats….

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 18, 2010 at 3:57 PM

        Or you can just buzz his head–though I don’t see the need to buzz the head, per se. (Behind the back is good enough.)

        But I was busy trying to get my kid to understand that it’s good if Pat Burrell strikes out or gets forced at second, because he’s not on the Phils anymore.

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