Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Source: Cody Ross, Rangers meet
By Richard Durrett
Outfielder Cody Ross was the latest free agent to meet with the Texas Rangers, having met with club officials Tuesday, a source confirmed.
Texas continues to explore ways to fill some holes this offseason after some of the top free agents eluded its grasp in recent weeks. The club also met with free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski on Tuesday, sources told ESPNChicago.com.
Ross, who turns 32 this weekend, hit .267 with 22 homers and had a .481 slugging percentage this past season with the Boston Red Sox. He's a right-handed hitter (but throws left) and played mainly right field in 2012, starting 90 games at that spot. But he also started 19 games in left field and three in center.
Ross is a career .262 hitter in parts of nine seasons in the big leagues with the Tigers, Dodgers, Reds, Marlins, Giants and Red Sox.
The Rangers currently have Nelson Cruz in right field, though he's slated to become a free agent after the 2013 season. If the season started today, Texas likely would use Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry in center field, with David Murphy in left.