It looks like Cody Ross' career renaissance in 2012 has landed him a nice new contract. According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the veteran outfielder has signed a three-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks:
League source: Cody Ross has reached agreement with Diamondbacks on a three-year deal.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 22, 2012
According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the deal is worth a guaranteed $26 million and has a fourth-year club option with a $1 million buyout:
Cody Ross 3 yrs $26 million confirmed 4th yr option $1m buyout— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 22, 2012
The move to Arizona will be the latest in what has become a bit of a journeyman career for Ross. The soon-to-be 32-year-old has played for six teams spread out over eight professional seasons and spent the 2012 season with the Boston Red Sox.
In his only season in Boston, Ross essentially rejuvenated his career. Taking advantage of the friendly Fenway confines, Ross hit .267 with 22 home runs, 81 RBI and an .807 OPS. Those power numbers were his highest since 2009 and brought Ross back to prominence after a down season with the Giants in 2011.
While he shouldn't have any trouble continuing that pace with the Diamondbacks, this signing is a little curious from the team's perspective. Arizona is loaded in the outfield, and Ross' addition gives the team five outfielders worthy of starter consideration.
In other words, expect a trade coming out from the Diamondbacks. Justin Upton has been a popular name in trade circles all offseason, and Jason Kubel is also another option to be shipped out of town.
Adding Ross may be a smart move by Kevin Towers, but one that is more than likely a precursor to a larger deal down the line.