September 30, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross (7) in the on-deck circle in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Red Sox 6 - 3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

All I Wanted For Christmas Was Cody Ross

For Christmas, the D’backs could have filled some other holes on their roster and all we got was another player to join the circus that is the Diamondbacks outfield. Thanks a lot, Santa! That being said, the acquisition of Cody Ross this week can and will most likely benefit the team.

My fellow Venom Strikes writers have pointed out that signing another outfielder has left us scratching our heads. Although he doesn’t fill a necessary role, I have always been a Cody Ross fan. I think that Cody automatically moves ahead of guys like Adam Eaton and AJ Pollock based on the experience he brings and the fact that Ross has produced for the last three years in the big leagues.

Ross has patrolled big outfields before in Florida and San Francisco, so Chase Field should not seem too vast for 32 year-old. The center field spot was one of concern to many fans. With the departure of Chris Young, it seemed that the position was Adam Eaton’s position to lose, but I see Ross playing a lot of center field this year. If Cody can stay healthy and let’s be honest, he isn’t getting any younger, then the D’backs signing over the holiday season will be looked at as a Christmas gift for the next three years for Arizona fans.

Cody Ross is out of the pandemonium in Boston and enters a more laid-back clubhouse with the Diamondbacks. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Offensively, Ross should have some fun at Chase Field. With 22 home runs last year, Cody Ross has seemed to be improving each year. My advice to Kirk: get Ross his at-bats and the production will come, I promise! Now that all is said and done, I didn’t see the Ross signing happening but I’m okay with the fact that it did. I didn’t want to see anymore outfielders either but if we were able to sign someone, at least it’s a player I respect and enjoy watching play the game

  • fireboss

    Boston wasn’t a disaster for Ross but the road trips were. I did an in depth on him back on 11/16 over at Tomahawk Take. I summarized like this:

    Cody Ross is an average defender who plays to about a 2.4 fWAR in recent
    years; as high as 3.7 and as low as 1.0. Where he plays really affects
    how well he hits as the numbers in Boston show . . . If you hire him you should expect a line of about
    .250/.320/.425 with 20+ homers and 125Ks a year. He hits lefties really
    well -.284/.353/.575- but not quite as well against right handed
    hurlers- .253/.312/.415. By all accounts Ross isn’t a bad guy to have
    around but he’s nothing special as witnessed by the way teams just let
    him wander away.

    I was surprised that you guys signed him with all that outfield depth laying around. My immediate thought was that an Upton trade was close but that hasn’t yet materialized so I’m confused. I understood Eaton was ready, Ross’ not really a right fielder arm-wise, Parra is certainly a better defender than him and Kubel is younger if not as athletic. Then there’s that Upton guy your owner so foolishly disdains. I dunno how this shakes out but it will interesting to watch it from afar.

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