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Breaking down the Diamondbacks’ new deal with Cody Ross

Dec 23, 2012, 9:03 AM EDT

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic has the full year-to-year financial breakdown for Cody Ross‘ three-year, $26 million deal with the Diamondbacks:

2013: $5 million
2014: $8.5 million
2015: $8.5 million

Ross will also recieve a $3 million signing bonus.

There’s a club option for the 2016 campaign worth $9.5 million. It carries a $1 million buyout.

Ross, 32, batted .267/.326/.481 with 22 home runs and 81 RBI in 130 games this past season for the Red Sox. He’s either going to start in left field (if the Snakes trade Jason Kubel) or right (if Justin Upton is moved). Adam Eaton will play center.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    I like the photo of Cody Ross falling on his ass. It’s probably a metaphor for something.

  2. bigmeechy74 - Dec 23, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    I guess I’m just not really understanding why they signed him. Unless they have an upton trade lined up. Is it really necessary to get cody ross and trade kubel? Is that an upgrade?

    • paperlions - Dec 23, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      No, it isn’t. Ross really crushes lefties (wOBA .391, wRC+ 141), who only throw 25% of innings in MLB, and hits like an all-glove SS against righties (wOBA .317, wRC+ 92).

      People loved to make fun of the RS signing of Gomes, but he and Ross are the exact same offensive player, all the way down to having nearly identical splits: Gomes vs RHP: wOBA .385, wRC+ 140, vs LHP: wOBA .318, wRC+ 93. The only real difference is that Ross is a little better defender….but he’s not 1 year and $19M better that Gomes….if anything, this should make the Gomes signing look like a stroke of genius, because the RS actually plan to use him as a platoon player rather than an everyday player.

      • hammyofdoom - Dec 23, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Oh dear god thank you Paper, I’ve been trying to defend that Gomes signing for weeks and I was starting to think I was insane for thinking that the Sox letting Ross go was a good thing (ESPNboston poll has 60 percent of fans thinking he should have been resigned). He sucked against righties and away from Fenway… no one should sign a half a player for almost 30 million dollars, thats crazy talk

      • paperlions - Dec 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

        How the signing turns out is really up to the RS. If they use Gomes as a platoon player against lefties and a bat off the bench, he’ll be highly valuable even if you only gets about 250-300 PAs/year.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Dec 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I’m sorry they paid about 15 mil too much for this guy…how he got this contract is beyond Me and dbacks already have about 5 outfielders…doesn’t make sense out of Boston really…

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