By Pat O'Rourke
Cody Ross was one of the bright spots of the nightmare that was the 2012 Red Sox, hitting 34 doubles, 22 home runs, 81 RBI and an .807 OPS in 130 games. He played a hard-nosed, blue-collar style that made him a fan favorite in Boston. Unfortunately, Ross and general manager Ben Cherington couldn’t come to terms on a deal to keep the outfielder in Boston, and Ross signed with Arizona in December.
In an interview with WEEI’s Mut and Merloni, Ross opened up about the negotiations, saying he felt he was lied to by Cherington.
“[The Red Sox] told me they didn’t want to sign guys to long-term deals,” said Ross, “and then they gave [Shane] Victorino a three-year deal and [Mike] Napoli a [three-year] deal. And so basically they lied to my face.”
Ross told Mut and Merloni that he wanted a three-year contract but the Sox weren’t willing to go past two years. He feels he ‘showed his hand’ by going to Cherington and expressing his desire to remain in Boston long-term.
The 32-year old eventually signed a 3-year, $26-millon deal that includes a $9.5-million team option for a fourth year with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Despite not staying in Boston, Ross is happy where he landed.
“I got to live at home and be with my family a lot,” said Ross, a New Mexico native. “I get to play on a great team with great guys and a great coaching staff.”
Ross is hitting .271 with six home runs and 32 RBI through 86 games in his first season in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks sit in second place in the NL West standings with a 55-53 record, 3 ½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the division lead. They trail the Cincinnati Reds by 4 ½ games for the second NL Wildcard spot.