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Red Sox in contract talks with Cody Ross

Oct 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Two months ago there were reports that the Red Sox were “very interested” in re-signing impending free agent Cody Ross and then reports that the two sides were on the verge of a deal, so I’m not quite sure what to make of today’s news.

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that “contract talks between the Red Sox and Ross have gained some momentum,” citing an unnamed source.

Boston has until five days after the World Series to keep Ross from hitting the open market as a 31-year-old free agent coming off a season in which he hit .267 with 22 homers and an .807 OPS in 130 games.

Ross had a very solid year, but it’s interesting that he’s suddenly in demand after having to settle for a one-year, $3 million deal from the Red Sox as a free agent last offseason. Back then he was coming off a sub par season, but Ross’ career numbers (.262 batting average, .783 OPS) are basically identical to his 2012 production with the Red Sox and he’ll be 32 years old in December.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    How dare you question the Red Sox talent evaluators and contract decision makers. I think that franchise’s track record speaks for itself.

    • bobwsc - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      solid point. since the titles in 2004 and 2007 were just handed to a bunch of scrubs.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        There may have been a few contracts handed out since then…

      • ptfu - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

        Anyone can hand out big bad contracts. It takes a special group of Idiots to win the WS or to completely fall apart.

  2. Joe - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Then there’s that .921 Fenway / .684 Not Fenway OPS split. Is it possible that his success in Fenway Park might lead to market offers that are unpalatable to the team that plays its home games in Fenway Park?

  3. rhmurphy - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Yay! The new, right-handed Troy O’Leary!

  4. deathmonkey41 - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    When he signs, he’ll probably pump his fist and then give Cherington a flying hip bump.

  5. sidelineshot - Oct 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Good guy to have in a team with young players. Hard nose and low key.

    The Sox are going to be fun next year.

  6. therightisalright - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Yeah Sux that’s the ticket spend all the money you saved on Beckett, Crawford and Gonzalez on Ross he’s a real superstar! Sign him for 15 years at 30 mil per that will guarantee you as many playoff appearances over the next 15 years as you have in the last 4. Embarassing.

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