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Cody Ross parlays big postseason into $6.3 million for 2011

Jan 18, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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Cody Ross earned $4.65 million last season and was available to any team willing to claim him (and his remaining salary) off waivers in mid-August.

San Francisco made a claim, with some reports speculating they did so mostly to block San Diego from doing the same, and then Ross slugged five homers in 15 playoff games to help the Giants win the World Series.

Without that big postseason Ross probably would have gotten non-tendered last month and might still be looking for part-time work as a free agent, but the Giants decided they couldn’t possibly let him go after all those heroics and today avoided arbitration with Ross by agreeing to a one-year, $6.3 million contract.

If you consider $6.3 million some sort of tax on winning the World Series it looks like a bargain. However, if you consider $6.3 million simply the price the Giants are paying for a 30-year-old corner outfielder who hit just .269 with a .322 on-base percentage and .413 slugging percentage last season and is a career .265/.323/.466 hitter … well, it’s a pretty big overpay.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    However, it does leave shining that lamp of hope up the hall, beyond the dripping granitic archways and the constant threat of rats chewing your toes in your sleep, for those who are still slaving away for Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua. Of course, that doesn’t hold true for John Buck, Josh Johnson, Hanley or Ricky Nolasco, who get to sleep in the tower now.

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