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As we approach the final month of the 2012 regular season, it is a great time to look at what the Red Sox can do this offseason. With everything that has occurred this season, including the blockbuster trade with the Dodgers, it’s obvious the Sox will have to do a lot of work in the winter months. One of the first orders of business will be whether or not they should bring back outfielder Cody Ross.
Ross has played well in his first season with the Sox and has given the team no reason to not bring him back. This past offseason ,Ross turned down a multi-year offer with the Braves in order to accept a one year deal worth less money with the Red Sox. He has surpassed expectations in his first season in Boston.
So far this season, Ross is hitting .281 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI’s. He has also posted a .343 on base percentage, while being one of the only stable parts of the outfield all season. He missed a bit of time in the early stages of the season with a fractured bone in his foot, but since that stint Ross has been a vital part of the lineup. His swing almost seems made for Fenway Park, as he has made good use of the Green Monster out in left.
Ross has quickly become a fan favorite and is a positive influence in the clubhouse. He has brought great energy to the team and it has been a pleasant surprise seeing production out of right field after suffering through the JD Drew era these past years. Ross’ post home run bat flip is a welcome sight in the city of Boston, and with the uncertainty of who will play left field next season it is imperative that the Sox do what they can to keep Ross in right field.
With the season Ross has been having I’m sure he will be looking for a relatively lucrative contract. I don’t see him asking for anywhere near Jayson Werth or Carl Crawford money, but if the Red Sox want to keep him I think it’s going to take more than another one year deal. If they can avoid overpaying for Ross I believe he is worth a multi-year commitment. He’s the type of player the Sox used to fill their team with and Ross seems to thrive in the big market environment. Keeping Ross on the team is a small step for the team but it is a small step in the right direction.