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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