The Boston Red Sox need to start preparing—if they haven’t already—for life after Cody Ross, who roamed right field last season.
Boston signed Ross to a one-year deal last offseason and he was a hit. Ross hit .267/.326/.481 with 22 home runs, 81 RBI and 70 runs in 130 games during his first season with the club. The question remains, however, if it will also be his last—for the time being.
The Red Sox haven’t made much progress on a new deal for Ross, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.
“They had a ton of opportunities,” said Ross. “We talked about this back in July and we couldn’t work anything out up until the deadline. Now it only makes sense to listen to other teams.”
Ross is seeking a deal in the range of three years and $25 million, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, of which Boston may not be ready to give up. The Red Sox apparently won’t offer Ross a three-year deal, according to Bradford, which clearly doesn’t help negotiations.
While the Red Sox have fumbled the early opportunity to bring Ross back for at least one more season, several other teams have reached out with the hopes of prying him from Boston. The Atlanta Braves are interested and the rival Baltimore Orioles are as well, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, and the Philadelphia Phillies are talking to him, according to Olney.
Ross to Boston in 2013 is no guarantee, so here are five potential replacements who can play either left or right field if he decides to sign elsewhere.