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Atlanta Braves Interested in Outfielder Cody Ross

November 14th, 2012 at 8:50 AM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves have expressed interested in signing free agent outfielder Cody Ross, Jon Paul Morosi reports.

Morosi notes that with Torii Hunter probably going to the Texas Rangers or Detroit Tigers, Ross becomes one of the better right-handed outfielders on the market. He hit .267 with 22 homers in 130 games with the Boston Red Sox last season. Ross also figures to command a much smaller contract than the likes of Josh Hamilton and won't cost a prospect via trade.

The Braves see his .295 average and 1.010 OPS against left-handed pitching as a huge upgrade, particularly since the Braves went just 30-31 against lefties in 2012.

Should the Braves sign Ross, he would likely play left field while moving Martin Prado to the vacated third base spot. Ross has played the majority of his career in center and right field but has also played nearly 200 games in left.

Ross also already has a relationship with Fredi Gonzalez from their days with the Florida Marlins.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Cody Ross, MLB

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