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‘Absolutely no truth’ to reported Rockies interest in Cody Ross

Dec 28, 2011, 12:56 PM EST

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Earlier this week Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that the Rockies were “in contract talks” with free agent Cody Ross, which seemed odd because Colorado already has so much outfield depth that Seth Smith is on the trading block.

Olney is one of the best national reporters in the business, but Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post spoke to a Rockies source who said “there is absolutely no truth to the Cody Ross stories” and “we have no fit at all in our outfield.”

Obviously if the market for Ross is so poor that he has to take a modest one-year contract even the Rockies would find room for him, but in that scenario he would surely be able to at least find more playing time than Colorado could offer behind starters Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer, and Dexter Fowler.

  1. mondogarage - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    As usual, Lou Reed has it right, “don’t believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear”.

    There’s almost no greater source of untruths, half truths, and outright lies, as those propogated by those who claim to have “insider” sources when it comes to rumored baseball transactions. I used to think Olney was at least less of the “made up of whole cloth” brigade that houses the likes of Rosenthal and Passan, but guess not.

    • Old Gator - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      Alternate reading: the sources were telling the truth but upper management freaked at the leakage and either changed course to protect some other deal to which this one was peripherally related and/or the right and left hands are incommunicado in Colorado. If you didn’t believe the original version, why believe the second one? It’s just the old “I’m a liar” conundrum dressed half as Santa and half as Krampus.

      • mondogarage - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:34 PM

        Those of us who follow the Rockies know the team has never had any use or purpose for Cody Ross at all, thus making the rumor laughable. And further more, no mangagement would “freak” at the leakage of something like a small 1-2 year deal for a Cody Ross type. You’re conflating this with an actual rumor involving significant dollars (at least, significant in MLB terms). Teams freak about about leaking Pujols information, not Ross information.

        The reality is, these rumors are completely unfounded and untrue about 80-90% of the time, which makes them not even leaks or rumors, and most likely, simply throwing enough crap at the nearest wall in cheap inflated attempts to boost page hits, twitter followers, or in some vain hope that once a year, you might actually be right, and people forget all the other times the story’s been complete bullshit.

      • Old Gator - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:42 PM

        Those of us who follow the Feesh would have sworn the same thing when the first sniffettes about Pujols surfaced back in September. Ha. Ha. Ha. we said, this is Scrooge McLoria we’re talking about. Stranger things have happened. And sometimes the mere discovery of a leak in an organization is itself an excuse to shift gears until the source is disclosed. Yes, there’s a lot of fireless smoke coming up from the digital forest these (or any) days. But in the words of the immortal (though dead) Fats Waller, one never knows, do one?

  2. citynative - Dec 28, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Is there any truth to the rumor that Cody Ross’s two homers off Halladay in the 2010 NLCS haven’t landed yet?

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