Cody Ross
Cody Ross
38-Year-Old OutfielderOF
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$Released by the A's in May of 2015.
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May 5, 2015
Ross, who was designated for assignment Saturday, was released by the Athletics on Tuesday,'s Jane Lee reports.
The 34-year-old Ross posted a .628 OPS over 202 at-bats for the Diamondbacks last year, and he was off to a 2-for-22 start with the A's this season. He may be able to find work elsewhere as a right-handed bat off the bench, but it's also quite possible he'll have to settle for a minor-league gig. While his track record against left-handed pitching is strong, he only managed a .639 OPS versus southpaws last season.
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Ross' recovery from left hip surgery delayed the start of his 2014 campaign, and his availability was limited upon activation from the disabled list in mid-April. Historically, he's been much better at hitting left-handed pitching, but even that skill was lacking in 2014 as he slashed just .254/.329/.310 (.056 ISO) against southpaws. Further, Ross never seemed to completely shake the injury bug as he also lost time to a calf injury in July. In addition to showing less pop (career-low .322 SLG), Ross' strikeout rate soared from 14.2% in 2013 to 20.1% last season, and his inability to handle center field makes him less than ideal off the bench. With Ross entering the final season of a three-year, $26 million deal, the Diamondbacks will likely keep him in their plans for the Opening Day roster, but he could be deemed a sunk cost if he is unable to recoup a steady fourth outfielder role with improved health in spring training.
Before a hip injury ended Ross' early, he was having a pretty normal year by his standards. Ross hit .278 with a .331 OBP, but struggled to find his power, going deep eight times in 94 games. As an extremely streaky hitter, minor early-season injuries may have prevented Ross from finding his stride. In 2014, he figures into a possible platoon role in the crowded Arizona outfield, depending on how the team decides to build its roster.
Ross proved to be an excellent value for the Red Sox on a one-year, $3 million in 2012, but Boston elected to go another direction over the winter and allowed him to depart in free agency. After signing a three-year, $26 million deal with the D-Backs in December, Ross joins an outfield situation with plenty of competition for playing time and may wind up seeing occasional starts in center field depending on how Arizona elects to handle the aforementioned depth. Not surprisingly, most of Ross' success came against left-handed pitching last season (.295/.373/.636), although it's worth noting that Ross hit 10 of his 22 homers against right-handed pitching last season. It's difficult to forecast more than the 476 at-bats Ross collected a year ago, so a repeat of his 2012 power numbers appears to be at the higher end of reasonable expectations.
Ross won the NLCS MVP in 2010, but he managed just a .730 OPS over 405 injury-riddled at-bats in 2011. He didn't just lose playing time to health problems, as his play also contributed. As a result, Ross signed a one-year deal with the Red Sox in January and finally moves into a hitter-friendly home park. He should collect the bulk of the playing time in right field and provide solid defense with power (career .456 slugging percentage while playing mostly in pitchers' parks) as the replacement for J.D. Drew.
After posting a .721 OPS with the Marlins, Ross was claimed off waivers by the Giants in August, though that originally led to modest playing time. In fact, he wasn't really even a starter until the postseason, when he became a hero, recording a .294/.390/.686 line with five homers over 51 at-bats, becoming the NLCS MVP. As a result, the Giants offered him arbitration, and he's become a part of the team's future plans. Ross averaged 23 home runs and 82 RBI over 2008-2009, so while he's not the superstar he was during the playoffs, he can be moderately productive when given regular playing time. He'll get just that in 2011, as he'll enter the year as San Francisco's starting right fielder.
Ross fought back from an early-season slump to post entirely respectable numbers, and while he'll never be a difference maker in a lineup, his plus glove in right field (and ability to slide over to center field if necessary) and solid power make him a nice guy to have at the bottom of your lineup. With some younger, cheaper outfielders getting close to ready in the minors though, his time as a Marlin is probably drawing to a close.
Ross once again pasted left-handed pitching, but a full-time gig saw him face too many right-handers to duplicate his impressive 2007 rate stats. The trade of Josh Willingham opens up a corner outfield spot for him, which is a better fit for Ross defensively than center field and should allow him to focus more at the plate, but last year's numbers are probably within range of the best you can expect from him.
Ross finally figured out how to hit big league righties in 2007, and the result was eye-popping numbers for a part-time player. Cameron Maybin is now the Marlins' center fielder of the future, and Ross isn't cut out defensively to play center full-time, but the lineup will need offense with Miguel Cabrera gone and Ross could prove to be a more than adequate fill-in until Maybin is ready.
Ross floated around in 2006 before latching on with the Marlins and getting his first extended chance in the majors. After a good start to his Florida career he faded badly, but likely showed enough to stick around as the team's fourth outfielder next season.
At one point in time, Ross was a pretty good prospect in the Tigers organization, but a torn ACL in his sixth major league game in 2003 and then a broken wrist in Aug. 2004 really set his career back. The Dodgers have some weaknesses in their outfield, giving Ross some hope, but time is running out.
The Dodgers acquired Ross from Detroit before the 2004 season. He might have received a September call-up had he not broken his wrist in August and will likely get a look for a bench job this spring.
Ross exemplified how poorly the Tigers' season went - he was perhaps their best position prospect at the upper levels of their organizaton, earning a late season call-up and the opportunity to play for most of September. He subsequently tore his ACL running out a bunt and was lost for the season.
Ross is seen as a Bobby Higginson clone, and yes, that's considered a good thing. After a solid season in Double-A (.280, 19 homers, 72 RBIs), Ross, 22, will start this year with Triple-A Toledo.
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May 2, 2015
Ross was designated for assignment Saturday,'s Jane Lee reports.
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OFOakland Athletics  
April 9, 2015
Ross is out of the lineup Thursday.
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OFOakland Athletics  
April 8, 2015
After signing with the A's earlier in the day, Ross will start in right field and bat second Wednesday against the Rangers.
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OFOakland Athletics  
April 8, 2015
Ross officially signed with the A's on Wednesday,'s Jane Lee reports.
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April 7, 2015
Ross is expected to sign with the A's once he clears waivers Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
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