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.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.