Giants make waiver claim on Marlins' Cody Ross

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From the Marlins’ official Twitter feed comes word that the Giants have been awarded outfielder Cody Ross from the Marlins on a waiver claim.

Ross, 29, is batting .264/.315/.404 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI in 451 at-bats this season as a full-time outfielder for the Marlins.  He’s a fairly versatile defender and will probably play a few different roles in San Francisco’s crowded outfield.

The Giants are doing all they can to give their offense a spark.  The arrival of catching prospect Buster Posey lit off a productive July, but things have fallen flat in the month of August.  Ross has posted decent power numbers in the past and boasts a respectable .264/.321/.466 batting line.  Maybe he can get hot for a month-plus with the Wild Card-chasing Giants.

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News says that the Giants will pay all $1.1 million remaining on Ross’ contract.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.