Cody Ross seeking at least three years, $21-25m

In his column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo says free-agent OF Cody Ross is seeking at-least a three year deal in the range of $21-25 million.

Cafardo says in addition to the Red Sox, the Orioles, Phillies, Yankees and Braves have all expressed interest in Ross, with the Orioles currently making a strong push for him.

Michael Baron, Contributor

If these are Ross’ demands, it’s hard to see the Mets getting involved for his services. It’s not unexpected Ross is seeking this kind of deal and it remains to be seen what he can ultimately command, but this would put the Mets awfully close to their limit for the off-season with a lot more work to be done. I also wonder if the Mets would want to commit three or more years to Ross, given his age and what he is likely to produce over the life of such a deal.

Previous updates on Cody Ross...

Stats: Ross, who will be 32 on Opening Day, hit .267 with a .326 OBP, 22 home runs and 81 RBI with 129 strikeouts in 476 at-bats this past season with Red Sox.

Contract: Ross just completed a one-year, $3 million contract he signed with Boston before the 2012 season.

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Opinion:

Michael Baron, Contributor

Nov. 4: Ross would be a strong fit for the Mets. I thought he was a strong fit last winter as well, and was disappointed the Mets didn’t sign him at the time. He is a polished version of Scott Hairston, as Ross has hit right-handed pitching better over the course of his career. Ross does strikeout more than Hairston but his production is more or less even from both sides of the plate, which is something Hairston struggles to do. Ross is a capable defensive player who can play all three outfield positions as well. Given the Mets could be going with Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda – two left-handed hitters who don’t provide much certainty – Ross’ right-handed bat and his versatility could prove very valuable for the Mets, should they pursue him this winter.