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Cody Ross wants a three-year, $25 million contract

Nov 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Buster Olney of reports that Cody Ross wants a three-year, $25 million deal, which perhaps explains why his contract talks with the Red Sox didn’t lead to a new deal before free agency.

Don’t get me wrong, Ross is a solid player coming off a solid season. However, last offseason his market was so underwhelming that he had to settle for a one-year, $3 million deal from the Red Sox.

He was coming off a weak season, so that obviously played a big factor, but consider that Ross’ career numbers include a .262 batting average and .783 OPS. This season he hit .267 with an .807 OPS. So he was more or less the same hitter he’s been for his entire career. Nine months ago he signed for $3 million. Now he wants (and may very well receive, who knows) $25 million.

  1. homelanddefense - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I was thinking 3 years at 7 per year…..doesnt seem that far off. He hit for doubless, had 80 RBI and 22HR. and for the last month of the season was one of the only legitimate major league players in that lineup. Oh and he only played 130 games because they platooned him early.

    He is a 25HR 90 RBI guy in that park if he plays full time.

    • skeleteeth - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      Meh. He was hurt in May/June.

      2 years yes, 3 years no.

  2. willclarkgameface - Nov 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    How about 2 years for $16.5, Cody?

  3. xpensivewinos - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Let him go. He’s just a guy.

    Absolutely nothing special here and certainly not a difference maker.

    He may also prove to be nothing, but why not give Kalish a shot once and for all? 20 to 25 million for Ross is simply insane. I would rather see the Red Sox give that money to the Red Cross for Sandy relief….

  4. natslady - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Hi. Thanks for your podcast, which I listened to yesterday with great interest.

    You mentioned that you were shocked that the Nats had not given Jackson a qualifying offer, since he had a “solid” season, and they had paid him $11MM last year. [Interesting to hear this view of Jackson from outsiders.]

    You speculated that Jackson had it in his contract that he NOT receive a qualifying offer. Upon research, you found that Jackson signed his contract after the CBA had been ratified and published, and that he could (and should) have such a clause. (ALR, of course, signed his contract before the new CBA).

    In other words, if a player is “worth” $13.3 MM for a one year contract, it is not in the player’s interest to have a qualifying offer–it merely lessens his market value since a team signing him would lose a draft pick. If a player ISN’T worth it, then the team won’t make the offer, for fear of the player accepting.

    This may explain the paucity of qualifying offers–only nine, I believe, in all of MLB. Is that correct?

    I’m not sure what the problem the “qualifying offer/draft pick” was supposed to solve. I know teams were gaming the system by picking up future free agents at the July trade deadline (whether they needed them or not!) and then getting draft picks, but the new language says the player has to be with the team all year, so it did put an end to that practice. At any rate, it seems like players will have that type of clause in future contracts, so is this they way MLB and the players’ association intended for it to work?

    • protius - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Way off topic. Try to focus.

      • natslady - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        Yes, because all threads keep to topic…. I didn’t know where to put this, I waited for Gleeman to sign on with a post about a free agent. Best I could do.

      • Old Gator - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        That lame snipe was the best Pwotywuss could do, too. He seems to have taken a liking to you – like that obnoxious dog in the front yard down your block who yelps and snarls mindlessly at everything that goes by because, well, because that’s all it knows how to do.

      • protius - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        Old Grand Dad:

        And your lame swipe was what? A drunken attempt at a put-down?

        Go crawl back in your bottle, or beat your wife you drunken pig. No one needs to hear from you anymore.

  5. Gamera the Brave - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I, Gamera the Brave, also request a 3-year, $25 Million contract!
    (taps microphone) Hey, is this thing on?…

    • natslady - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Off-topic, try to focus. :)

      • Gamera the Brave - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        Don’t worry, I got the joke from the other thread…

      • uwsptke - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        I think you’re doing it wrong.

      • Old Gator - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        Gamera – how much do you think they’d pay Haruo Nakajima to dehydrate and pass out while wearing a 200-pound unventilated Godzilla suit, or to detach from the “flying” cable in his 175-pound Rodan suit and drop 10 feel onto a miniature Sesabo set, nowadays? My guess is, 3 years, $25 million.

        Rocket-assed megaturtles just don’t make as much as cleanup kaiju – they’re more like utility infielders. Consider yourself lucky with, oh, 2 years at $7.5 million.

  6. whatthehellisansky - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Am i the only one who thinks this guy would be a good fit in right field for the yankees? Gritty guy whos numbers – from a high level – seem similar to swishers numbers. At 8 mil/yr – why not?

    • zzalapski - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      Swisher has a career .361 OBP, and hit 20+ HRs in a season eight times. Ross has a career .324 OBP, and has three seasons with 20+ HRs. Plus, being an exclusively right-handed hitter, he can’t take advantage of Yankee Stadium’s short porch like Swisher can. The Yankees would be better off using your proposed $8M to keep Ichiro and snag a bullpen arm.

  7. bjbeliever - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    I’m sure the Dodgers are willing to pay

  8. loungefly74 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    as a Giants fan…thank you Cody for playing a major role in the 2010 title…but you are not worth 3/25M. maybe…3/18M. but i’m a cheapskate so go figure…

  9. bigleagues - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    The problem with Cody Ross is that he’s a platoon player looking for full-time pay. If his demands don’t come down, I’ll be totally at peace with allowing him to walk.

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