Sox GM Ben Cherington said in today’s Boston Globe that Cody Ross is still very much in play as a potential piece of Boston’s 2013 puzzle. I like the guy a lot. He’s obviously great in the clubhouse and had a very good year in the midst of a monumentally bad season for the team. Still, after the acquisitions of Shane Victorino – who was signed for more money than Boston was at least initially willing to play Ross and Jonny Gomes it’s hard to see where he fits in. If Nick Swisher joins the club you then you’ve got a full on crowded house in the outfield.
The Globe’s Nick Cafardo also reported today that Boston may still be shopping Jacoby Ellsbury. If Ellsbury were traded Boston would likely move Victorino to center field and then go hard after Ross. Nothing meaningful to date has transpired regarding Ellsbury so the man in whom the the Braves, Phillies, Mets, Yankees, and Orioles are interested but still has no deal remains in limbo.
Cherington is leaving some wiggle room to jump start talks but provided no solid information. “We have not closed the door by any means,” Cherington told Cafardo about Ross. “I have not had a conversation recently with him. But no we have not closed the door.”
Cherington also squashed the Ellsbury speculation. When asked about his comments at the winter meetings that he was not looking to deal Jacoby Ellsbury, Cherington said “Nothing’s changed on that.”
I want to bang on the drum all day
I don’t want to play
I just want to bang on the drum all day
- Bang The Drum All Day, Todd Rundgren