The Athletics have released outfielder Cody Ross, according to MLB.com’s transactions page. Ross had been designated for assignment on Saturday.
Ross was released by the Diamondbacks in early April, as the club chose to eat the $9.5 million remaining on his contract ($8.5 million for 2015 plus a $1 million buyout for 2016). The Athletics snapped him up, but Ross recorded only two hits (both singles) in 25 plate appearances.
Ross, 34, battled calf injuries over the past two seasons, which unsurprisingly has sapped him of his power. After hitting 22 home runs in 528 plate appearances in 2012, he combined to hit 10 in 570 PA between 2013-14.
Now a free agent, Ross will try to continue his major league career elsewhere.
Among a host of roster moves this afternoon, the Athletics announced that they designated outfielder Cody Ross for assignment.
Ross was given his release last month by the Diamondbacks, who ate the $9.5 million remaining on his contract. He quickly latched on with the Athletics, but went just 2-for-22 (.091) with three RBI over nine games during his brief stint with the club.
In addition to the move with Ross, the Athletics placed reliever Eric O’Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain while recalling outfielder Billy Burns and right-hander R.J. Alvarez from Triple-A Nashville. They also claimed outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from the Rangers. This is the third time they have claimed him off waivers since November. Maybe he should continue to keep a bag packed just in case.
Cody Ross and the A’s have officially agreed to a deal, adding the veteran to Oakland’s injury wrecked outfield mix.
Ross was released by the Diamondbacks, who ate the remaining $9.5 million on his contract after he hit just .252 with two homers and a .628 OPS in 83 games last season.
Ross was also injured and mediocre in 2013 and he’s 34 years old, so expecting a big turnaround would be wishful thinking. However, if limited to a part-time role primarily versus left-handed pitching he could be productive and the A’s are paying him the MLB minimum.
Cody Ross, released by the Diamondbacks on Saturday, has already found a new home …
Rosenthal says the A’s only have to pay Ross a pro-rated MLB-minimum salary. Arizona will cover nearly all of the money still remaining on his contract — an $8.5 million salary for 2015 and $1 million buyout for 2016.
Ross batted just .268/.322/.378 over 570 plate appearances in his two years with the Diamondbacks.
The 34-year-old is going to function as a utility outfielder and bench bat for Oakland.