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Free agent Cody Ross seeks three-year deal

Dec 5, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

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An NL official told ESPN’s Buster Olney that free agent Cody Ross is currently seeking a three-year deal.

The 31-year-old Ross was a disappointment for the Giants last season, finishing at .240/.325/.405 with 14 homers and 52 RBI in 405 at-bats. He’d seem to fall in line behind Michael Cuddyer and Josh Willingham among free agent outfielders, and neither of those two is a lock to get a three-year deal.

What Ross does have going for him is that he’s an above average defender in a corner and an adequate center fielder. However, since he finished at .804 in his first year of regular playing time with the Marlins in 2008, his OPS has dipped each season. He ended up at .790 in 2009, .735 in 2010 and .730 in 2011. Also, the bulk of his production comes against left-handers: he’s hit .282/.349/.563 versus southpaws in his career, compared to .253/.313/.414 against righties.

The total package makes Ross a fringe regular, though he’d be an outstanding fourth outfielder as a starter against lefties and an occasional fill-in against righties. Had he entered free agency a year ago, there’s a chance he might have gotten that three-year deal. Coming off a mediocre 2011, he’ll be fortunate if someone antes up $10 million for two years.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Cody, stop using the David Ortiz Playbook. You have stock to build, son.

  2. dodger88 - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    For the love of God, someone lock up Ned Coletti before he causes me to have a coronary.

  3. SOBEIT - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Giants caught lightning in a bottle during the playoffs. There is a reason why the Marlins let him go for nothing. Don’t see much upside other than an expensive 4thOF. Now he wants to play in a hitter friendly park because he got AT&T’d. And he wants 3yrs. Good luck with that. Who signs a 4th OF to a 3yr contract?

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