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Cody Ross LF

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
16 3806 .262 .322 .445 .272 14.4
Birth Date12-23-1980
Height5' 11"
Weight195 lbs
Age37 years, 2 months, 0 days
BatsR
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2003 DET 22 6 22 19 1 4 1 0 1 8 1 3 1 0 1 5 0 0 .211 .286 .421 .320 1.8 0.1 0.2
2005 LAN 24 14 26 25 1 4 1 0 0 5 1 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 .160 .192 .200 .165 -2.1 1.8 -0.0
2006 CIN 25 2 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .137 -0.6 -0.3 -0.1
2006 FLO 25 91 279 250 30 53 11 1 11 99 22 61 4 2 1 37 0 1 .212 .284 .396 .234 0.0 -3.1 -0.3
2006 LAN 25 8 14 14 4 7 1 1 2 16 0 2 0 0 0 9 1 0 .500 .500 1.143 .530 4.4 -0.1 0.4
2007 FLO 26 66 197 173 35 58 19 0 12 113 20 38 3 1 0 39 2 0 .335 .411 .653 .339 24.8 2.8 2.7
2008 FLO 27 145 506 461 59 120 29 5 22 225 33 116 7 5 0 73 6 1 .260 .316 .488 .279 26.1 3.6 3.0
2009 FLO 28 151 604 559 73 151 37 1 24 262 34 122 9 2 0 90 5 2 .270 .321 .469 .268 19.5 1.1 2.1
2010 FLO 29 120 487 452 60 120 24 3 11 183 30 100 4 1 0 58 9 1 .265 .316 .405 .270 19.3 -3.8 1.6
2010 SFN 29 33 82 73 11 21 4 0 3 34 7 21 1 1 0 7 0 1 .288 .354 .466 .287 3.4 -1.5 0.2
2011 SFN 30 121 461 405 54 97 25 0 14 164 49 96 4 3 0 52 5 2 .240 .325 .405 .275 16.4 -1.8 1.6
2012 BOS 31 130 528 476 70 127 34 1 22 229 42 129 3 6 1 81 2 3 .267 .326 .481 .289 24.5 1.6 2.8
2013 ARI 32 94 351 317 33 88 17 1 8 131 25 50 3 5 1 38 3 2 .278 .331 .413 .267 8.0 4.5 1.4
2014 ARI 33 83 219 202 15 51 8 0 2 65 15 44 1 1 15 0 0 .252 .306 .322 .233 -1.5 -4.1 -0.6
2015 OAK 34 9 25 22 3 2 0 0 0 2 3 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 .091 .200 .091 .126 -3.1 -0.5 -0.4
Career107338063453449904211131321537282800402745083313.262.322.445.272141.00.014.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2000 WMI A 0 498 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .317 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 LAK A+ 127 546 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .313 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ERI AA 105 454 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .313 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DET MLB 6 22 .320 .264 .326 .422 .258 .200 94 1.4 0.6 -0.2 0.1 -0.0 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2003 TOL AAA 124 520 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 LVG AAA 60 259 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LAN MLB 14 26 .165 .270 .334 .431 .266 .267 101 -2.6 0.7 -0.2 1.8 -0.0 -2.1 -0.0 -2.1 -0.0
2005 LVG AAA 115 448 .297 .276 .345 .432 .271 .310 105 17.6 12.7 -1.9 -3.5 1.2 29.5 2.5 29.5 2.5
2006 CIN MLB 2 5 .137 .266 .336 .405 .260 .333 99 -0.7 0.2 0 -0.3 0.0 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2006 FLO MLB 91 279 .234 .266 .332 .425 .263 .233 93 -8.2 8.4 -1.6 -3.1 1.4 0.0 -0.3 0.0 -0.3
2006 LAN MLB 8 14 .530 .282 .353 .439 .275 .500 96 4.2 0.4 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 4.4 0.4 4.4 0.4
2006 LOU AAA 15 64 .337 .253 .330 .392 .253 .400 98 5.2 1.8 -0.6 1.1 -0.8 5.6 0.7 5.6 0.7
2007 FLO MLB 66 197 .339 .271 .336 .436 .263 .371 104 17.1 5.8 -0.4 2.8 2.2 24.8 2.7 24.8 2.7
2007 JUP A+ 7 24 .348 .248 .307 .361 .245 .267 88 2.4 0.7 -0.3 -0.2 0.0 2.9 0.3 2.9 0.3
2008 FLO MLB 145 506 .279 .259 .329 .411 .261 .299 96 10.2 14.6 0.1 3.6 1.2 26.1 3.0 26.1 3.0
2009 FLO MLB 151 604 .268 .263 .330 .421 .265 .306 97 5 17.3 -1 1.1 -1.8 19.5 2.1 19.5 2.1
2010 FLO MLB 120 487 .270 .256 .319 .403 .265 .319 93 5.2 13.4 -1.2 -3.8 1.9 19.3 1.6 19.3 1.6
2010 SFN MLB 33 82 .287 .242 .314 .380 .256 .360 93 2.2 2.3 -0.3 -1.5 -0.8 3.4 0.2 3.4 0.2
2011 SFN MLB 121 461 .275 .255 .318 .396 .262 .279 91 6.9 12.4 -2.7 -1.8 -0.3 16.4 1.6 16.4 1.6
2011 FRE AAA 2 8 .384 .299 .383 .517 .291 .600 122 1.2 0.2 -0.1 0.7 0.0 1.3 0.2 1.3 0.2
2012 BOS MLB 130 528 .289 .252 .313 .407 .259 .317 104 15 14.5 -5.2 1.6 0.2 24.5 2.8 24.5 2.8
2012 PAW AAA 2 9 .239 .263 .331 .368 .254 .143 106 -0.2 0.3 -0.1 0.0 -0.5 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2013 ARI MLB 94 351 .267 .252 .312 .392 .256 .303 102 2.2 9.2 -2.7 4.5 -0.7 8.0 1.4 8.0 1.4
2013 VIS A+ 6 19 .155 .246 .363 .369 .280 .154 115 -2.2 0.6 -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2
2013 RNO AAA 1 4 .505 .259 .343 .424 .284 .667 121 1.1 0.1 0 -0.4 0.2 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2014 ARI MLB 83 219 .233 .246 .307 .379 .256 .312 103 -5.5 5.6 -1.4 -4.1 -0.2 -1.5 -0.6 -1.5 -0.6
2014 RNO AAA 9 32 .223 .303 .369 .560 .280 .346 115 -1.4 1.0 -0.3 -1.3 -0.2 -0.8 -0.2 -0.8 -0.2
2015 OAK MLB 9 25 .126 .251 .316 .405 .262 .125 95 -3.3 0.7 -0.2 -0.5 -0.3 -3.1 -0.4 -3.1 -0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2000 WMI A 498 71 116 17 9 7 68 55 83 11 3 .267 .361 .396 .129 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 LAK A+ 546 84 133 34 5 15 80 44 96 28 5 .276 .339 .461 .185 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ERI AA 454 73 112 28 3 19 72 44 86 16 2 .280 .354 .507 .228 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TOL AAA 520 74 135 35 6 20 61 32 86 15 6 .287 .337 .515 .228 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DET MLB 22 1 4 1 0 1 5 1 3 0 0 .211 .286 .421 .211 .320 1.8 0.1 0.2
2004 LVG AAA 259 44 65 17 2 14 49 18 43 2 0 .273 .329 .538 .265 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LVG AAA 448 79 105 21 4 22 63 49 103 4 2 .267 .351 .509 .242 .297 29.5 -3.5 2.5
2005 LAN MLB 26 1 4 1 0 0 1 1 10 0 0 .160 .192 .200 .040 .165 -2.1 1.8 -0.0
2006 FLO MLB 279 30 53 11 1 11 37 22 61 0 1 .212 .284 .396 .184 .234 0.0 -3.1 -0.3
2006 LOU AAA 64 11 17 1 0 3 6 13 12 0 2 .340 .484 .540 .200 .337 5.6 1.1 0.7
2006 CIN MLB 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 .137 -0.6 -0.3 -0.1
2006 LAN MLB 14 4 7 1 1 2 9 0 2 1 0 .500 .500 1.143 .643 .530 4.4 -0.1 0.4
2007 FLO MLB 197 35 58 19 0 12 39 20 38 2 0 .335 .411 .653 .318 .339 24.8 2.8 2.7
2007 JUP A+ 24 2 6 1 0 2 3 1 6 0 0 .261 .292 .565 .304 .348 2.9 -0.2 0.3
2008 FLO MLB 506 59 120 29 5 22 73 33 116 6 1 .260 .316 .488 .228 .279 26.1 3.6 3.0
2009 FLO MLB 604 73 151 37 1 24 90 34 122 5 2 .270 .321 .469 .199 .268 19.5 1.1 2.1
2010 SFN MLB 82 11 21 4 0 3 7 7 21 0 1 .288 .354 .466 .178 .287 3.4 -1.5 0.2
2010 FLO MLB 487 60 120 24 3 11 58 30 100 9 1 .265 .316 .405 .139 .270 19.3 -3.8 1.6
2011 FRE AAA 8 1 3 1 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 .500 .625 .667 .167 .384 1.3 0.7 0.2
2011 SFN MLB 461 54 97 25 0 14 52 49 96 5 2 .240 .325 .405 .165 .275 16.4 -1.8 1.6
2012 BOS MLB 528 70 127 34 1 22 81 42 129 2 3 .267 .326 .481 .214 .289 24.5 1.6 2.8
2012 PAW AAA 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .143 .333 .143 .000 .239 -0.6 0.0 -0.1
2013 ARI MLB 351 33 88 17 1 8 38 25 50 3 2 .278 .331 .413 .136 .267 8.0 4.5 1.4
2013 VIS A+ 19 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 4 0 0 .125 .211 .125 .000 .155 -2.2 -0.3 -0.2
2013 RNO AAA 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .667 .750 1.000 .333 .505 1.3 -0.4 0.1
2014 RNO AAA 32 2 9 1 0 0 7 1 5 0 0 .290 .312 .323 .032 .223 -0.8 -1.3 -0.2
2014 ARI MLB 219 15 51 8 0 2 15 15 44 0 0 .252 .306 .322 .069 .233 -1.5 -4.1 -0.6
2015 OAK MLB 25 3 2 0 0 0 3 3 6 0 0 .091 .200 .091 .000 .126 -3.1 -0.5 -0.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 1934 0.4767 0.4721 0.7470 0.6475 0.3123 0.8174 0.6139 0.2530 849 -0.008104
2009 2296 0.4856 0.4678 0.7663 0.6269 0.3175 0.8326 0.6427 0.2337 1015 -0.006116
2010 2224 0.4888 0.4627 0.7648 0.6109 0.3210 0.8419 0.6247 0.2352 970 -0.007146
2011 1839 0.4921 0.4149 0.7995 0.5724 0.2623 0.8610 0.6694 0.2005 871 -0.008177
2012 2157 0.4873 0.4478 0.7433 0.6127 0.2911 0.8106 0.6087 0.2567 1001 -0.012756
2013 1318 0.4712 0.4590 0.8215 0.6329 0.3042 0.8931 0.6887 0.1785 579 -0.010871
2014 857 0.4982 0.4364 0.8048 0.6042 0.2698 0.8566 0.6897 0.1952 397 -0.010214
2015 104 0.5481 0.4808 0.7800 0.7018 0.2128 0.7750 0.8000 0.2200 46 -0.000230
Career127290.48590.45360.77240.61670.29940.83970.64250.2276864.07-0.0087

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-22 2014-09-01 15-DL 41 36 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2014-07-19 2014-07-19 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Tightness Calf -
2014-06-29 2014-07-01 DTD 2 1 Left Hip Contusion HBP -
2014-03-21 2014-04-18 15-DL 28 18 Right Hip Recovery From Surgery Dislocation and Fracture 2013-08-13 -
2013-08-12 2013-09-30 60-DL 49 46 Right Hip Surgery Dislocation and Fracture 2013-08-13 -
2013-03-22 2013-04-13 15-DL 22 10 Left Lower Leg Recovery From Strain Calf - -
2013-03-04 2013-03-22 Camp 18 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2013-03-01 2013-03-03 Camp 2 0 Left Lower Leg Soreness Calf - -
2012-07-03 2012-07-04 DTD 1 1 - Ankle Sprain - -
2012-05-19 2012-06-19 15-DL 31 27 Left Foot Fracture Navicular From Foul Ball - -
2012-04-26 2012-04-27 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Soreness - -
2011-09-17 2011-09-29 DTD 12 11 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-09-01 2011-09-02 DTD 1 0 Left Hand Contusion HBP - -
2011-07-05 2011-07-06 DTD 1 1 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2011-03-22 2011-04-20 15-DL 29 17 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2011-03-05 2011-03-06 Camp 1 0 Left Wrist Contusion HBP -
2011-02-26 2011-02-27 Camp 1 0 General Medical Migraine -
2010-10-21 2010-10-21 DTD 0 0 Right Forearm Contusion HBP -
2010-08-06 2010-08-10 DTD 4 2 Neck Stiffness -
2010-04-27 2010-04-28 DTD 1 1 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2010-03-06 2010-03-15 Camp 9 0 Right Thumb Soreness Thumb -
2009-09-27 2009-10-05 DTD 8 7 Left Wrist Contusion HBP -
2009-08-15 2009-08-16 DTD 1 0 Low Back Tightness -
2009-07-18 2009-07-19 DTD 1 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-05-21 2009-05-21 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness Migraine -
2009-03-16 2009-03-18 Camp 2 0 Left Lower Leg Tightness Calf -
2008-08-12 2008-08-12 DTD 0 0 Elbow Soreness -
2008-03-21 2008-03-31 Camp 10 0 Left Knee Hyperextension -
2007-09-12 2007-09-14 DTD 2 1 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2007-05-06 2007-07-19 60-DL 74 66 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-08-17 2006-08-19 DTD 2 1 Right Knee Contusion Player Collision -
2006-07-02 2006-07-06 DTD 4 4 Groin Strain -
2006-06-14 2006-06-14 DTD 0 0 Contusion HBP -
2006-04-29 2006-05-23 15-DL 24 22 Left Fingers Contusion Little Finger -
2005-03-17 2005-03-31 Camp 14 0 Right Knee Laceration Sliding -
2004-08-26 2004-09-05 Minors 10 0 Right Forearm Fracture - -
2004-04-19 2004-05-04 Minors 15 0 Left Knee Cartilage Injury Lateral Mensicus - -
2003-07-05 2003-07-08 DTD 3 2 Hip Contusion Tailbone -
2002-07-04 2002-07-29 Minors 25 0 - Fracture - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 ARI $9,500,000
2014 ARI $9,500,000
2013 ARI $6,000,000
2012 BOS $3,000,000
2011 SFN $6,300,000
2010 FLO $4,450,000
2009 FLO $2,225,000
2008 FLO $390,000
2007 FLO $380,000
2006 LAN $327,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$42,072,500
10 yrTotal$42,072,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 58 dRelativity Baseball3 years/$26M (2013-15), 2016 option

Details
  • 3 years/$26M (2013-15), plus 2016 club option. Signed by Arizona as a free agent 12/22/12. $3M signing bonus. 13:$5M, 14:$8.5M, 15:$8.5M, 16:$9.5M club option, $1M buyout. Released by Arizona 4/4/15. Signed by Oakland as a free agent 4/8/15 (Athletics pay pro-rated portion of $0.5075M Major League minimum salary, with Diamondbacks responsible for balance of 2015 salary and 2016 buyout). DFA by Oakland 5/2/15. Released 5/3/15.
  • 1 year/$3M (2012). Signed by Boston as a free agent 1/26/12.
  • 1 year/$6.3M (2011). Re-signed by San Francisco 1/19/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$4.45M (2010). Won arbitration with Florida 2/16/10. Claimed by San Francisco off waivers from Florida 8/22/10.
  • 1 year/$2.25M (2009). Re-signed 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration). $25,000 in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2008). Renewed by Florida 3/2/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Re-signed by Florida 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.3275M (2006). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/06. Acquired by Cincinnati in trade from LA Dodgers 4/06. Acquired by Florida in trade from Cincinnati 5/06.
  • 1 year/$0.3165M (2005). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/05 ($70,600 in minors).
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2004). Re-signed by Detroit 2/04 ($70,600 in minors). Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Detroit 4/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003). Contract purchased by Detroit 11/02. Re-signed by Detroit 3/03 (split contract).
  • Drafted by Detroit 1999 (4-117) (Carlsbad HS, N.M.).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-07-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Zachary, how do you think the AZ outfield will shake out when Adam Eaton returns? Parra has done a great job. Eaton has seems a perfect fit for my "hard nosed" style of baseball. But we also have Cody Ross, Jason Kubel, and AJ Pollock. Something has to give, right?
(Kirk Gibson from AZ)
Oh man, something definitely has to give. The easy answer would have been to trade Kubel because it's a final guaranteed year, but you'd be selling low on him. He's had a bad year. This was why I called Ross my least favorite move of the offseason. Not because he's a bad player, but because it's three years at high price and crippling to the state of the outfield. They traded Justin Upton after that and now are in a position where they're putting something useful on the bench.

Trade Parra at peak value? I'm not sure I would do it, but I'd always listen. (Zachary Levine)
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Expectations for G. Parra this year. More of the same or does he step up?
(Jay from Madison)
He's been a little too inconsistent already to say more of the same because there really isn't a same. He was a 3-win player in 2011 thanks to some good but unsustainable corner outfield defense, but took a hit on offense and defense last year.

He's had a high BABIP for his career, and his true talent is probably somewhere in the middle, but I still like it better than Cody Ross given the price. (Zachary Levine)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Rays, this offseason, have been uncharacteristically active this offseason thus far and still have a few moves to make before ST starts. They could use another OFer(unless they go against their own grain and start Myers), but need a DH(possibly a platoon-mate for almost-batless Loney) and a 2nd Catcher. With options dwindling for DHs with 1B or C backgrounds, should the Rays: (A)push for a switch-hitter 1B like Berkman or Morales (B) Surprise people with a signing of AJ Pierzynski (C) Swoop in and sign Cody Ross (D) Option A with caveat of OF Ryan Sweeney added. (E) Shrug, say "You Can't Predict Friedman" and let him surprise us all.
(jlarsen from chicago)
Not B. C would give Jason Collette a coronary, he hates Ross. More likely D or E. They'll do something, though (he states obviously). (Paul Sporer)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance the Sox go after J. Upton now that AZ has inexplicable added another OF??
(Shawny from Rocky Hill, CT)
Shawny, good to hear from you. If there's one thing I've learned from watching Kevin Towers operate over the years, it's that anything can happen. Jason Kubel didn't seem necessary last off-season, ditto Cody Ross this winter. Upton seems to be available, but I don't know what he would fetch; given his uneven and perplexing development trajectory, I'm not even sure what he's worth. Still, a change of scenery might do him good. (Geoff Young)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)So, Detroit's looking for a right-handed hitting outfielder to platoon with Dirks. . . assuming that resigning Delmon I-don't-want-to-DH Young is out of the question, who is available? Do they have any depth anywhere for trading?
(John Carter from Toronto (Tigers fan originally from the New York a)
Glad to see you in the queue again, John Carter.

Jon Morosi reported (and then retracted) yesterday that the Tigers had a two-year offer out to Scott Hairston, and while that report proved inaccurate, I think Hairston could be a fit there. Cody Ross is another possibility, though his price would need to come down if he's going to serve in a platoon role, and they could also consider Andruw Jones or Matt Diaz.

In terms of pieces the Tigers could trade, Brennan Boesch and Andrew Oliver were mentioned yesterday by CBS Sports' Danny Knobler: https://twitter.com/DKnobler/status/275663979584552962. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)If the Red Sox were to sign Shane Victorino, where do you think Cody Ross ends up?
(GJones20 from Boston)
Pulling from a slew of Ross-related reports from the last few days, GJones 20, apart from the Red Sox, the Braves, Giants, Phillies, Tigers, and Yankees have been mentioned as possible destinations. Outside of Fenway Park, he probably fits better in a platoon role, and out of that bunch, the Phillies are the only team that I could see considering Ross for an everyday job. If his price tag comes down to something more commensurate with a part-time gig, then the list of possible destinations could expand further. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-11-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jason. Will the Red Sox give Ryan Kalish a full-time job or does the organization view him, like Josh Reddick before him, as a major league player but not good enough for Boston?
(michaelmcduffe from ottawa)
: I think Kalish will get the chance to earn at-bats this year, even if the Sox re-sign Cody Ross and add a third outfielder to put on the other side of Ellsbury. He has to stay healthy first, but he can be a starting-caliber corner bat in any town, and I suspect he'll get that shot in 2013, since it's asking a lot to expect Cherington to land two outfielders this winter. (Jason A. Churchill)
2012-11-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your best guess regarding the Phillies outfield solution?
(smitty99 from Federal way, WA)
Thanks for coming, smitty99. Amaro said the other day that he's looking at free-agent solutions rather than trade options, so as long as the price tags on the center fielders don't grow terribly exorbitant, I think one of them will land in Philly. My guess there is Upton, but it might just as easily be Bourn. Aside from that, I think they'll give Dom Brown a fair chance to win an everyday job for 2013, and possibly go with a timeshare of some sort in left. Cody Ross wouldn't be a bad fit, and after 2010, if you can't beat 'em, add 'em, right? (Daniel Rathman)
2012-11-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)What is going on with Ben Cherington? He's supposed to be "smart" and has smart guys around him, but Napoli/C.Ross/Swisher? What in the world? Going for an un-clutch All-Star lineup? Napoli is nearing end of peak years and swung at more pitches out of zone than Carlos Pena. Swisher plays decent in regular season, but he enters "Witness Protection Program" in postseason. Cody Ross is the only guy I'd keep, but that's only to make up for signing Gomes for more money than he was even asking for.
(jlarsen from chicago)
Swisher's postseason struggles are interesting, aren't they? Normally we sabermetric types are the first to defend fleeting un-clutchness, but in Swisher's case, the sample size is starting to get rather, well, not-small. But I don't think it would be not-small enough to dissuade me from signing him for what he does during the first six months of the season. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why do so many people complain about the WS winner because they weren't built to last? Why should that matter? They have a shiny new flag and you don't. Too many screeds are written with the downside of the Giants as the main points, instead of a great late-season and post-season run. The fact that we shouldn't expect a repeat next year should be a postscript at most, no? In other words, don't forget to celebrate the baseball before you skewer the managerial approach. Am I wrong?
(R.A.Wagman from @RAWagman)
I completely agree. If there was such a thing as Marlins fans I would pose the question of whether they cried over the fact that the team couldn't compete in 1998 after winning it all in 1997, or if they basked in the warm glowing warming glow of a world series title. I think a lot of this stems from the fact that people don't like certain teams to have the upper hand on theirs, or because certain people don't agree with the style of the Giants club. I know a lot of people like to make fun of Brian Sabean and so the initial reaction is to detract from him instead of giving the Giants credit. I also think people just have a hard time believing how a team with Aubrey Huff, Cody Ross, Freddy Sanchez, et al, managed to win a world series, so the kneejerk reaction is to say "But you won't do it again!"

As I said earlier, the story here should be how dominant that entire pitching staff looked. The Giants will not score a lot of runs over the next couple of years, but that is the best 5-man starting rotation in baseball. (Eric Seidman)
2010-08-17 14:45:00 (link to chat)Technically, Eric, the chat still didn't start on time. Care to weigh in on Normandin/Jaffe's Papelbon debate?
(Alfred Eisenstein from Brussels)
My take is more closely linked to Jay's, though I certainly agree with components of Marc's argument. For instance, I am very much a proponent of the idea of non-tendering players whose perceived value vastly exceeds the actual value, so long as the resources saved in not tendering the player a contract can be better allocated elsewhere. For instance, the Marlins should non-tender Cody Ross, because he's only a decent player, and will not play a role in their future. Why not use the extra $6-7 mil elsewhere? It's not as if they don't have prospects capable of filling in around the diamond at potentially the same numbers as Ross, and not employing Ross won't really impact their playoff chances.

With Papelbon, the big difference for me is that the Red Sox can afford to pay him $11-12 million and still spend elsewhere to improve the team. And keep in mind that the Sox were right in the thick of things until the injury bug hit the team. As Jay pointed out, reliever performance is incredibly volatile, and if there is a chance that Papelbon could revert to his sub-2.50 ERA ways next year, that is probably worth the risk of paying a less effective reliever a lot of money, given the ample resources at the Sox's disposal. To them, the $12 million isn't that lofty of an investment, especially if it means that there is a greater than 1/3 chance that he can return to his dominant form. And with relievers, I might even handicap that at greater than 50 percent given their volatility. So I am siding with Jay in that he should be tendered a contract, but only due to the context of the team -- if we were talking about a reliever on, say, the Brewers, no, he should be non-tendered at that point. (Eric Seidman)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you do with Juan Rivera, Cody Ross, and Carlos Lee in a 12 team mixed roto league? They're KILLING me!!
(Andy M from Minneapolis)
Sacrifice Carlos Lee to the gods in the hopes that it appeases them, therefore improving the performance of your other outfielders.

I was down on Lee a bit this year since he started to slip in 2009, but this seems kind of dramatic. Then again, given his body type and comps and all that, I guess it wouldn't be a surprise if he fell off the planet all at once. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)Tommy, Who are some players that you hope to add to all your fantasy teams this year (mid to late round)? Thanks, Dan
(dandaman from Sea Cliff)
I got a couple questions to this effect. I think Cody Ross remains underrated, especially if you play in a league with individual outfield positions. I think Rafael Soriano is a great closer for where he is going in drafts. I'm big on a bounce back from Jay Bruce as well. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who did you most enjoy interviewing in the past year that you've never interviewed before, and why?
(Chris from Cambridge)
Cody Ross, because I walked away thinking more highly about the human race. (David Laurila)
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can the Tigers make a legit move on Josh Willingham and/or Jarrod Washburn? Or will they get what's behind Door #3 and end up w/Cody Ross? Thanks.
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
I think it's door No. 3. They don't really have much in the way of prospects that excited other teams. However, I don't think Cody Ross is a bad consolation prize. He's a pretty underrated player in my book. (John Perrotto)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)A couple of questions about your interviews. Who's the nicest, genuinely nicest person you've interviewed? Who has been the most surprisingly candid with you? I enjoy your interviews, but sometimes the subject is well-skilled in not revealing anything or offending anyone. Thanks.
(GrinnellSteve from Iowa)
Far too many players are well-skilled in not revealing much, which is no big surprise given that they are often schooled to do so. The nicest person? That is difficult to answer. I will say that the most recent Q&A to go up, Cody Ross, is probably on the short list.

The most candid is also a difficult question. Off the top of my head, maybe Shea Hillenbrand? (David Laurila)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your Cody Ross piece was what prompted me to ask. I think it was Christina who suggested my White Sox go after him. After reading your interview I thought there was a guy I could really pull for.
(GrinnellSteve from Iowa)
I hear you, because I'm not scared to admit that I root for good people. That said, a team full of .330/.450/.540 A-Holes is prefereable to a team full of .275/.350/450 Cody Ross's if the goal is to attend a World Series parade. (David Laurila)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Joe: I was in Florida last week to see Cody Ross throw an inning in relief. I'm wondering with all the research on bull pen usage and win expectancy, what's the point of a game (inning and number of runs down) where a team should use a position player to pitch? Second, why don't see more of this? Could a team gain an advantage by carrying the "Ultimate Utility Man" who could play a couple of different positions and pitch in blowouts? I know the Cards used Miles as such lat year.
(Jason from Work... )
This was tried in recent seasons with Brooks Kieschnick and David McCarty, to minimal effect. It hasn't caught on, as teams really seem to want to have as many actual pitchers at their disposal--the Padres had 14 on their roster for a couple of days this April--as humanly possible. And creativity is often punished by death in MLB. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Cody Ross = 2009's Ludwick?
(Hank from Miami)
I like Cody Ross a lot, and PECOTA does too, though his forecast (under 500 PA) doesn't make it look like that so much. I'm not sure if he's going to explode the same way Ludwick did, but both fantasy owners and the Marlins should be pleased that he's now been set free. (Marc Normandin)
2008-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I caught the last game at Shea and was impressed by Maybin. Physically he's imposing, athletic, fast-- made a couple great plays, but is he ready to contribute and how much of an upgrade will a full season of Maybin be over... whoever they played in CF this year? Also what do the Fish do about the logjam of mediocre corner bats?
(aaron from NJ)
Maybin's a tough read. He's got a ton of talent, but he didn't exactly rip Double-A to pieces, and he's going to be just 22 years old next year. I think they should start him out in Triple-A, see how he reacts, and then bring him along accordingly.

The Marlins ran Cody Ross out to center for 109 games this year (97.1 adjusted games) and he hit .260/.316/.488. That's an EqA of .276, but there's plenty of room for improvement given the low OBP. Maybin should be capable of surpassing that once he is ready. (Marc Normandin)


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