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Cody Ross signed a three-year, $26 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal that came together Tuesday when the D-Backs brass got together and decided to target the Scottsdale, Az. resident.
Ross said he never got back to the Red Sox or any of them teams interested once the Diamondbacks put together their offer.
On the Red Sox he said, “I don’t know what happened but we could never agree on terms. They thought I’d come back no matter what because they thought I loved playing there. And I did. Who wouldn’t love playing at Fenway Park? I just wanted a fair deal. I told them what I wanted. I wasn’t trying to break the bank. They weren’t willing to do it.”
Major League sources indicate that the Red Sox were trying to re-sign Ross for two years, but Ross was seeking a three-year deal at between $21-$31 million the figures that comparables Josh Willingham and Michael Cuddyer signed with the Twins and Rockies respectively last offseason.
I was surprised that Cody Ross signed a 3-year, $26 million deal with the Diamondbacks. Since the Red Sox were actively trying to sign Ross and the process had taken so long, I assumed he was looking for something in the range of $15 million+. Just over $8 million over 3 years doesn't seem like something the Red Sox would pass up on. Just look at the other contracts brought in by Cherington and the Sox.
I wish I knew the terms that the two sides couldn't agree on. I would assume the Red Sox didn't want to give him 3 years due to his age and possible injury concerns. Ross seemed fine when he came off the DL in 2012 when he fractured a bone in his left foot, but there could be something lingering. Whatever it may have been, the Sox couldn't sign him and we have to look elsewhere for that vacant right field position. He is going to tear it up in Arizona, which is one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the majors.
On Page 2, What is the deal with Napoli's hips?
If the Napoli deal falls through, I wouldn't say that I would be excited, but I wouldn't be disappointed. I would be much happier with Nick Swisher and/or Adam LaRoche.
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The rest of the links:
Herald: Sox count on farm aid | Building a winner | Sox land closer Joel Hanrahan | ESPN Boston: Will Napoli end up in Sox uniform? | Cody Ross heading to Arizona | CSNNE: Report: Red Sox and Pirates agree to Hanrahan trade | Diamondbacks reach three-year, $26 million deal with Cody Ross