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Boston Red Sox Sign Cody Ross: One More Shoe Will Drop

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Cody Ross #13 of the San Francisco Giants watches his solo homerun off of starting pitcher Alex White #43 of the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning at Coors Field on September 16, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Christopher BenvieCorrespondent IIJanuary 23, 2012

I called this.

It was 24 days ago, to be exact. Not only did I predict the Red Sox would sign Cody Ross, but I also came damn close to the amount they would sign him for.

I speculated that the Red Sox would sign Ross for about a quarter of one season of JD Drew money. Drew made $14 million per season. Get your calculators out folks, as one quarter of that amount is $3.5 million, and this one-year deal is an estimated $3 million, depending on who's Twitter feed you read.

With the signing of Ross, Red Sox fans should take some solace knowing that they have a bona fide right fielder that can platoon with Ryan Sweeney if Bobby Valentine so desires. In my piece the other day, I wrote:

A platoon with Ryan Sweeney would be perfect. Ross could face lefties (career .282/.349/.563/.912) and Sweeney against righties (career .296/.352/.402/.754). Neither Ross nor Sweeney is going to bat higher than sixth or seventh in the order, right?

This is also surely a sign that Mike Aviles will be the starting shortstop come opening day.

It also means that the Red Sox probably have something else up their sleeve ... like signing another pitcher. The Red Sox fan base can hold its collective breath for now, but I for one feel like there is still another move to be made in the near future.

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