The A’s have, very quickly, agreed to terms with veteran outfielder Cody Ross. Ross was released just Saturday by the Arizona Diamonbacks who are the ones who will be on the hook for paying Ross the $9.5 million that was left on his contract with the team.
The A’s will have to pay Ross virtually nothing, just a pro-rated version of the major league minimum salary. So it’s a pretty good deal for Oakland who could use the extra outfield help, since centerfielder Coco Crisp is out six to eight weeks after having surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow.
Ross, who was a hero for the San Francisco Giants in 2010 hitting five home runs in, and being named MVP of, the National League Championship Series, played in just 94 games for the Diamondbacks in 2013 before dislocating his hip.
His 2014 return didn’t go much better. He played in 83 games, batted .252. with just two home runs and only 15 RBI.
However in prior seasons he’s played much better. He’s hit over 20 homers in five of his 11 major league seasons and two of those seasons he hit more than 30 home runs. If he is healthy, he could bring some much needed power to the A’s lineup. Ross is a career .263 hitter overall.
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