In his column for the Boston Globe last weekend, Nick Cafardo says free-agent OF Cody Ross is seeking at-least a three year deal in the range of $21-25 million.
Updated from Nov. 11: If these are Ross’ demands, it’s hard to see the Mets getting involved for his services, assuming they are interested. Don't get me wrong - I think Ross is an ideal fit and could potentially keep the Mets from having to deal from their starting pitching in order to acquire an outfielder. But it's hard to see the Mets getting involved at these levels and competing with the teams Bowden mentions. It’s not unexpected Ross is seeking this kind of deal and it remains to be seen what he can ultimately command, but this would put the Mets awfully close to their limit for the off-season with a lot more work to be done. I also wonder if the Mets would want to commit three or more years to Ross, given his age and what he is likely to produce over the life of such a deal.
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Stats: Ross, who will be 32 on Opening Day, hit .267 with a .326 OBP, 22 home runs and 81 RBI with 129 strikeouts in 476 at-bats this past season with Red Sox.
Contract: Ross just completed a one-year, $3 million contract he signed with Boston before the 2012 season.
- Nov. 4: The Mets could target free agent OF Cody Ross this winter, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
- Oct. 13: The Red Sox are interested in signing OF Cody Ross to a multi-year deal, according to Cafardo.
- Jan. 22: The Mets made a run at signing Ross last off-season, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.