According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Phillies have ramped up their attempts to sign free agent outfielder Cody Ross. This, after inking Mike Adams and John Lannan to free agent deals early on Saturday.
I’ve been a supporter of the Phillies signing Ross since at least June (on Phillies Nation TV) because he’s relatively cheap (we think) and it likely won’t take a contract of more than three years. The biggest issue for the team recently has been signing 30-plus players to long term deals. At least with Ross, they ease up on the long-term issues that can come with it.
Ross’s numbers aren’t outstanding, but I think there’s value in bringing in a guy with 20-25 homer talent and putting him behind Utley and Howard in the order.That said, I won’t do backflips if they sign him, but I don’t think it’s the worst move in the world. The question comes down to whether or not you think Nick Swisher is worth roughly $30 million and one-to-two years more than Ross.
Eric Seidman takes a different look at Ross, saying the Phillies should keep away.