Cody Ross Could Be An Outfield Option For The Braves

Could Cody Ross be an outfielder option for the Braves. Should the Braves corner the market on players named Ross?

Continuing along this weird off-season path of inaction for the Atlanta Braves, DOB has an option (dare I say a rumor) for the outfield:

However, there's a better chance the Braves would settle for a reasonably priced player with a good track record and perhaps a connection to them or their manager - someone like Cody Ross. The Cardinals and a couple of other teams are pursuing Ross, but I have it on good authority that Ross, all things being equal, would prefer to a reunion in Atlanta with his former Marlins manager (Fredi Gonzalez) and teammate (Dan Uggla).

I can't say I hate the idea. Ross is decent, not great; he has some power and gets on base at a decent rate, though his production fluctuates wildly from season to season. Of course I really don't know why the Braves would want Ross when they already have Matt Diaz, who is like a poor-man's Cody Ross.

DOB does add to the above quote by saying that "if the Braves wanted Ross badly enough they’d have already signed him." That's not entirely true, since it has been rumored that Ross is seeking a three-year deal. Seeing as how he made $6.3 million last year, I seriously doubt the Braves would be willing to give Ross anywhere near that kind of money for one year, let alone three. We're talking about a guy that just about any team could have claimed off waivers two years ago, and it's not like he's gotten any better since then -- he's the same player, putting up the same numbers.

If the Braves are interested in Ross, they are likely waiting until his price comes down into the Diaz range -- $2 to $3 million a year. But that's a big "if" they are interested. I'm guessing the Braves are free agent bargain hunting, saving their money for something ... something?

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