But that doesn't mean he should be back in a Sox uniform in 2013.
For readers who might be up in arms at my suggesting the Sox let one of their few productive and likable players walk in free agency, allow me to qualify. For the right price (both in terms of money and years), Ross would be a great signing.
The problem is, he won't come at the right price for his value. And after the franchise-changing, deck-clearing mega-trade between the Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston's front office can't repeat the mistakes of their recent past. They need to avoid overpays and find good future value in free agent acquisition.
They did just that last year in signing Ross. Now they should do it again by letting him go.
Let's take a look at a few reasons why Ross shouldn't be a Red Sox next year.