Sep 23, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross (7) hits an RBI double against the Baltimore Orioles during the eighth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Wherefore Art Thou Cody? Sox Should Keep Ross In Play.


After the Red Sox signed a Ross of their own, former Giants catcher David Ross, their old Ross, of the Cody type, fell off the radar once the winter meetings came and went with no offer. Based on Boston’s present and future outfield options, Cody Ross should decidedly still be in play.

If Jacoby Ellsbury goes down with an injury, Boston would be forced to move Shane Victorino to center field. They would need a right fielder and Ross would fit that bill.

Ross is a smart and flexible team guy. He could learn the Monster and easily platoon in left field with Jonny Gomes. He’s great in the clubhouse. Boston can still afford him.

Meanwhile, the Phillies are aggressively pursuing Ross in the aftermath of their loss in the Josh Hamilton sweepstakes, according to FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal. The Mariners and Braves are also reported as showing interest.

Ross hit .267/.326/.481 with 22 home runs in 528 plate appearances for the Red Sox in 2012.

Ben, at least pick up the phone. What’s the hold up here?

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  • Michael Macaulay-Birks

    Steve, I agree with your piece, although I wish we’d trade Ells and pick up Ross…or maybe even Swisher (a left handed bat might be helpful…Papi, Els and Salty are the only ones we have….)
    Mike