Tag:Cody Ross
Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:29 am
Edited on: September 30, 2010 12:22 pm

Ross calls Latos' comments 'asinine'

Cody Ross Thanks for reading CBSSports.com, Cody Ross.

Tuesday, Padres starter Mat Latos, speaking to CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller , criticized the Giants as a group of mercenaries and not a real team. "We haven't just gone and grabbed guys from other teams."

Guys like Ross, claimed by the Giants on Aug. 23. The former Marlin had harsh words for Latos when speaking to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle .

"It's asinine to say, 'We're a close-knit group and this is our team,'" Ross said. "Every team goes out at the trading deadline and tries to make a deal. It's very rare for an organization to say, 'We don't need any improvements. We're as good as we're going to be.' Every team looks to improve, whether it's one, three or five guys."

On July 31, the Giants made trades for relievers Javier Lopez and Ramon Ramirez. Then during August, the Giants made trades for Mike Fontenot and Jose Guillen, before selecting Ross and Matt Downs off waivers.

At the non-waiver trading deadline, the Giants were 60-45, a game-and-a-half behind the Padres. When they added Ross, the team was 5 1/2 games behind the Padres -- 15 days later they were tied for the NL West lead. As both teams won on Wednesday, the Giants are still two games ahead.

Latos will have a chance to back up his talk on Sunday, when he faces Jonathan Sanchez on Sunday in the last game of the regular season.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 25, 2010 2:48 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 2:49 pm

Astros claim Giants' Downs on waivers

The Astros have become a beneficiary of the Giants' waiver claim on Cody Ross.

The Giants, who are collecting outfielders like bobblehead dolls, claimed Ross to block the first-place Padres, who need a center fielder. Their bluff got called by the Marlins, who decided to let the Giants pick up the rest of Ross' salary.

In order to make room on their 40-man roster for Ross, the Giants had to designate infielder Matt Downs for assignement, which meant he had to go through waivers. The Astros snatched him up Wednesday. Downs, 26, hasn't done much in limited big-league action, but he's batting .280 with some power at Triple-A. He's mostly a second baseman, but has played everywhere except catcher and center field, making him a solid utility possibility.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 4:48 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 6:16 pm

Giants block yields them another OF

Cody Ross One of the beauties of the waiver process (and there are few of these) is the game of chicken between teams trying to block players and the team waiving the player.

San Francisco put in a claim on Marlins outfielder Cody Ross in what was regarded as an attempt to keep him from the first-place Padres, who need a center fielder after Tony Gwynn Jr. broke a finger. The Marlins, now safely out of the playoff race at 62-61, decided to let the Giants pay Ross the roughly $1.1 million left on Ross contract for this season, as he didn't figure into their 2011 plans, so they let the Giants have him.

Ross is hitting .265/.316/.405 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI after a two-hit performance on Sunday. He is arbitration eligible for 2011, his final year of arbitration. He beat the Marlins in arbitration in February.

The Giants already have outfielders Pat Burrell, Jose Guillen, Aaron Rowand, Nate Schierholtz and Andres Torres on the roster, so don't have an immediate need in the outfield.

The Marlins will call up 23-year old Cameron Maybin to take Ross' place on the roster.

UPDATE: Ross said he was "in shock" by the move, according to the Miami Herald .

"A part of me is really excited, and the other part is really sad. You play your heart out for this organization, and the next thing you know, you're gone.''
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 20, 2010 5:07 pm

Report: Giants win claim on Ross

Cody Ross How many outfielders do the Giants need, anyways?

Sources tell FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that the Giants won the claim on Marlins outfielder Cody Ross. The Marlins now have until Monday to trade Ross to the Giants, allow him to go without any compensation other than the Giants assuming the balance of Ross' deal or pulling Ross back off waivers.

Ross has a little over $1 million left on his deal and while a quality player, the Marlins may elect to let him go to create room for Triple-A outfielder Cameron Maybin and save some money in the process now that Florida is essentially out of the postseason race.

Rosenthal says the Braves and Phillies did not win claims for Ross.

The Giants already have a set outfield of Pat Burrell, Andres Torres and Jose Guillen, with Aaron Rowand seeing significant time as well. Ross would be yet another right-handed hitter, with only Torres a switch-hitter. Nate Schierholz is left-handed, but doesn't really make an impact with the bat -- his game is on defense.

Ross could play against lefties, which would give the Giants quite the platoon-heavy outfield but any little bit would help. Ross is hitting lefties at a .275/.312/.500 clip and has long vastly outproduced his production against righties when facing left-handed pitching. Ross' career OPS is .937 while righties check in at .721 over 600 games.

Even though Ross could help San Francisco, it's likely the Giants put in the claim to block the Padres from acquiring Ross. The Padres lost center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. for the season and so are on the market for an outfielder, and Ross would have been an excellent fit.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 5, 2010 10:30 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 1:48 am

Davidson's blown call costs Marlins a W

Bob Davidson After the Marlins' bullpen blew a lead, third-base umpire Bob Davidson blew the game against the Phillies.

With a runner on second and one out, Sanchez hit a hard grounder down the third-base line. The ball bounced twice -- in fair territory -- before going over the bag and as it passed Davidson near the end of the infield dirt, Davidson threw his hands into the air and called a foul ball.

Just as he started to raise his hands, the ball bounced again -- six inches or so inside the line. Davidson was looking straight ahead and not at the ball as it bounced in fair territory. Rules state it doesn't matter where it lands, only where it crosses the bag, but it's kind of hard to believe the ball bounced twice in fair territory, went foul and curved back fair.

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez came out to argue the call, but didn't get tossed.

Ryan Madson struck out Sanchez on the next pitch and after an intentional walk to Dan Uggla, Cody Ross struck out to send the game to extra innings.

Carlos Ruiz homered in the top of the 10th to give the Phillies a lead.

UPDATE: It's final, 5-4. The Phillies sweep the series, with a little help from Balking Bob.

UPDATE: From Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post : "#Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria on the blown call -- The ball never landed in foul territory. Dreadful"

And if anyone knows "dreadful" it would be the most dreadful owner in MLB.

UPDATE: Remember how Jim Joyce turned his negative into a positive by accepting responsibility and reminding us umpires are human, too? Well, Bob Davidson has the exact opposite and reminds us of the arrogance of some umpires -- from Capooz via Twitter : "Umpire Bob Davidson -- Im very confident i got it right... i understand that's the winning run but in my opinion it was foul"

UPDATE: So, Davidson's arrogance knows no bounds. He watched the replay and is unrepentant. Here's the transcript of Davidson's meeting with a pool reporter, courtesy of Capozzi :

“I was right on top of it and it was wide of the bag, that’s all. I had it foul.”

He said he watched replays and stands by his call.

“In my opinion, where it goes over the bag, you can’t tell,” he said. “After a bounce, it came an inch or two on the fair side, but … it was very close. But I’m right there. i know what I saw.

“I’m very confident I got it right. What the ball did when it went past me is irrelevant.”

“As I’m looking at the base, it was just to the right of it.”

“I understand that’s the winning run, but in my opinion it was foul and there’s no replay that you can really see what the ball does over the bag — and that’’s what’s important. But I know what I saw.”

Rodriguez brings up replay again, telling reporters: "I think that if a play is going to decide who wins or loses the game, i think they should check the play, any play."

The problem with that is who is to say what happens after the ball goes fair -- does the runner automatically get two bases? Is it treated like a ghost runner? Sure, in that situation, the runner would have scored easily, but what if the runner's on first? Does he score or just get rewarded two bases and put at third, as he would on a ground-rule double, even if he'd likely score on the play. There are so many what-ifs that brings in more judgement calls and chances for errors.

There's room for reasonable debate, but there's little room for debate that Davidson once again comes off as a pompous ass.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:54 pm

What are the Marlins doing?

Larry Beinfest
It seems appropriate that as we head into trade deadline day, the Marlins are sitting at exactly .500. Because this team is solidly riding the fence -- with hours to go, president Larry Beinfest still doesn't seem to know whether he's a buyer or a seller.

Thursday they traded away Jorge Cantu. Early Friday, reports were that they are taking offers on Cody Ross. Then we hear d that Ross is off the table and was even before Chris Coghlan was hurt. Now MLB.com reports that the Marlins are "actively pursuing Major League-ready bullpen help" by the deadline to shore up for "a final stretch run."

So wait, now they're buyers preparing for a stretch run?

Even when Beinfest tries to clarify his position, it sounds like he doesn't really have one.

"We're not going to force anything," he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday. "We've got our eye on this season, but also future seasons. You can see a lot of the parts now that are going to be big parts of this ballclub in the future. We want to make sure whatever we do has an eye to the future, but by no means do we want to shut down this season."

Uh, OK.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 3:00 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2010 4:14 pm

Marlins 'confused' at deadline

Are the Marlins -- 8 games back  of the Braves in the National League East and 6 1/2 games back in the wild card -- in or out at the trade deadline?

On one hand, they're just 6 1/2 games back in the wild card, but they're also behind six teams for that spot, including two in their own division, the Phillies and Mets.

What to do, buy or sell? Apparently the Marlins are "confused," according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports .

The Marlins have a seven-game trip out west leading up to the deadline, with four games in San Francisco and then to San Diego, the wild card and NL West leaders, respectively.

Despite the team's confusion, they're still talking to the Rangers about Jorge Cantu. The team could call up Logan Morrison and play him in the outfield. Morrison, who has been moved from first base to left field, is hitting .306/.424/.485 at Triple-A New Orleans. If the team calls up Morrison, Chris Coghlan will be moved to third base.

The Rangers are the latest team that is supposedly interest in Cantu, along with the Rockies and Giants.

While Cantu is expendable, the true barometer of how the Marlins feel about their chances will be Cody Ross. If the team thinks they can win, they'll keep him and then likely non-tender the arbitration-eligible outfielder after the season. If they think they're out of it, they'll get something for him in a trade. Ross, 29, is making $4.5 million this season. He is hitting .273/.330/.402 with eight home runs and 38 RBI.

The Red Sox and Braves are reportedly interest in Ross. If the Marlins do think they have a shot, it's unlikely they'd send Ross to a divisional rival.

UPDATE: CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller reports the Rangers and Marlins are talking and if a deal gets done it will likely be in the next day or two.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:28 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:51 am

Braves eyeing Marlins' Ross

Cody Ross The Braves have "multiple special assignment scouts at Sun Life Stadium this week" to look at outfielder Cody Ross, Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports .

Ross is hitting .275/.328/.408 and hit his eighth homer of the season in the Marlins 3-2 victory over the Rockies on Thursday. He now has 47 RBI.

The Braves are headed to Florida for a weekend series with the Marlins.

The Red Sox, Phillies, Dodgers and Yankees have also inquired about Ross, who has one year left of arbitration before becoming a free agent following the 2011 season.

"Anytime you hear your name mentioned around in trade rumors, it's not a good feeling," Ross told Rodriguez. "You want to be on a team that's looking for guys to get, it's not the first time I've been in trade talks and probably won't be the last."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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