Cody Ross signs with the A’s after being released by the Diamondbacks

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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.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.