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Athletics “in talks” with free agent outfielder Cody Ross

Jan 1, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

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According to Jeff Fletcher of Bay Area Baseball, the Athletics “are currently in talks” with the representatives for free agent outfielder Cody Ross.

Ross opened this offseason in search of a three-year contract, but he has since lowered his demands and is now beginning to draw legitimate interest.

The 31-year-old batted .240/.325/.405 with 14 home runs, 25 doubles and 52 RBI in 121 games this past year for the Giants. Through eight major league seasons, he has amassed a .779 career OPS.

Ross would provide a veteran presence out in Oakland, where the current outfield depth chart includes 26-year-old Michael Taylor, 25-year-old Collin Cowgill and 24-year-old Josh Reddick.

  1. dondada10 - Jan 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    This doesn’t make sense for either party. Oakland is certainly not going to contend this year, and would be better served saving the funds for either the draft or the international signing period. And unless Ross does get multiple years from Oakland, taking a short term deal to play in that stadium would destroy his value moving forward.

    • quintjs - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      agreed which makes you think that Ross really doesn’t have much value now.

  2. natsattack - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Darren Oliver oes to the Rays

  3. natsattack - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Goes*

    • cur68 - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      Are you saying that this is new news? The Beavermen have traded Oliver already? ‘Cause they’ve only just done this:

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/30/darren-oliver-to-sign-with-the-blue-jays/

      If so, who’d they get the Rays to hand over for him? Upton and a good prospect I hope.

  4. natsattack - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Misread Jays as Rays. My bad.

    • cur68 - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Dang….

  5. Old Gator - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Aww, don’t be so negative, people. The Feesh were loaded with veteran presence last season and…um…er…

    Never mind.

  6. ima9er4life - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Hell nah

  7. crisisjunky - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    After two posts, Cody Ross didn’t even have any value to this conversation.
    and now.. back to “Oliver’Travels”………

  8. crisisjunky - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    edit: “Oliver’s Travels”

    and after some thought, Cody fits the A’s. He’d be indistinguishable from the great
    gray backround of the Al Davis Memorial Construction Kickback.

  9. mojosmagic - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Fits the mold. He is desperate for a team bad enough to get playing time and he sucks.

  10. dfwjournalist - Jan 4, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    He killed the Rangers in the 2010 World Series. And I think he did pretty well against them in 2011 interleague play, too. So, there’s that.

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