According to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, the Boston Red Sox are in "ongoing dialogue' with free agent outfielder Cody Ross. Ross, who played for the San Francisco Giants last season, is expected to decide on a team later today.
On Saturday, the Red Sox were able to create cap space in the payroll when they sent shortstop Marco Scutaro to the Colorado Rockies for a minor league pitcher. With the trade, the Red Sox were able to free up a little under $8 million to go sign either an outfielder, pitcher, or perhaps both.
In Ross, the Red Sox would be getting a terrific defender who can play all three outfield spots and historically kills lefties, just what the doctor ordered. Over his eight year career in the majors, the right handed Ross has owned lefties, hitting a career .282/.349/.563 against them. If he were to come to Boston, Ross would play 81 games in hitter friendly Fenway Park. Seems pretty enticing to me.
With Carl Crawford possibly out for a while with a left wrist injury, Ross could provide added depth to the Sox' corner outfield positions and could shift over to right full time after Crawford returns.
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