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.
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