It may be over but Cody Ross couldn’t resist spilling the beans to the Boston Herald, MLB.com and others today about his frustrating negotiations with the Red Sox. Although Ross signed a three-year, $26-million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks with a one year team option for $9.5 million, the way Boston dealt with him appears to have left him a bit perplexed and disappointed.
Boston offered Ross an undisclosed two-year deal and then promptly signed Shane Victorino to a three-year, $39-million contract. Ouch. Speaking with a gaggle of reporters including MLB.com, Ross said ”We just couldn’t agree on terms. At some point – just to be completely honest with you guys – they thought I was going to come back no matter what. That I loved playing there, and I did. It’s a great park. It’s Fenway Park. How can you not love playing at Fenway, going to work every day there? But I just wanted to be treated fairly. I wasn’t asking to be overpaid. I didn’t want to break the bank and they weren’t willing to do it. I’m sure there’s reasons why. I don’t know why. You have to ask them why. It just didn’t work out.”
The Ross negotiation was a curious one that makes you wonder just how the Sox arrived at their Victorino decision while apparently snubbing Ross in the process. Victorino and Ross are similar players. Both are dirt dogs. Both are 32. Both have been fan favorites. Both play right field.
In contrast, Victorino has more speed and higher lifetime batting average – .275 as opposed to Ross’ .262. Victorino has not, however, been a League Championship Series MVP and is not the known quantity that Ross had become in Boston.
Ross indicated that he had no problems with former Boston manager Bobby Valentine but that karma, injuries and miscommunication ultimately undid Boston’s year in a hurry. ”If you looked at it on paper, our lineup was pretty ridiculous,” said Ross. “Our pitching staff was full of All-Stars. It was a team that I really thought would go a long way. Then we had injuries, the stuff happened with Bobby and some of the players. There were a lot of distractions. It was a tough year. But I chalk it off as a learning experience, another stepping stone in my career.”
Well spoken by a class act that Boston may ultimately end up missing more than they know, especially if Victorino doesn’t rebound.
Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered
What’s been going on
Now that you have gone
There’s no other
- Tempted, Squeeze