Another free agent outfielder comes off the board. Cody Ross has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for three years. He was one of the remaining free agent outfielders attracting a lot of attention across the league.
Jim Bowden of ESPN reports the deal to be worth $26 million over three years with an option for a fourth year.
Cody Ross 3 yrs $26 million confirmed 4th yr option $1m buyout
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 22, 2012
Ross has been a clutch hitter in pressure situations throughout his career. He is the type of player Arizona hopes will spark their team to victory in close games. Ross, 32, will be playing for his seventh different team in Arizona. He previously played for the Tigers, Dodgers, Reds, Marlins, Giants, and Red Sox.
While Ross has been one of the more healthy outfielders in the league, he missed about a month last season with a broken foot. Ross fouled a ball off his left foot in April and fractured the foot. He still managed to play in 130 games for the Red Sox.
Ross is a career .262/.324/.460 hitter. With the Red Sox last season, Ross hit .267/.326/.481. Arizona will have a surplus of outfielders now with Ross. As we covered earlier today, the Diamondbacks are now looking to trade one of their outfielders - likely Jason Kubel.