Mets could consider signing Cody Ross at Winter Meetings

Cody Ross polaroidThe Mets are expected to at least consider free agent OF Cody Ross during the Winter Meetings this week, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

However, Puma adds, “the veteran might be beyond the team’s grasp financially after having a breakout year with the Red Sox.”

Alternatively, Puma says the Mets could look to trade either R.A. Dickey or Jon Niese for help and says, “in an ideal scenario, the Mets would trade a starting pitcher and receive a quality catcher and outfielder in return,” although such a deal may be difficult to find.

As far as trading for outfield and catching help, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted on Saturday, “Of all the teams that make sense for Dickey, maybe the Blue Jays (w/ Anthony Gose & J.P. Arencibia) make most sense.”

Michael Baron, Contributor

In November, it was reported Ross was seeking a three-year deal upwards of $25 million. If those are his demands, it’s hard to see the Mets getting involved for his services, assuming they are interested. Don’t get me wrong – I think Ross is an ideal fit and could potentially keep the Mets from having to deal from their starting pitching in order to acquire an outfielder. But it’s hard to see the Mets getting involved at these levels and competing with the teams Bowden mentions. 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.

As far as trading Dickey goes, Gose and Arencibia would be an intriguing coupe. Arencibia could solidify the catching position for at least four years (and do so at a low cost in 2013), and Gose could prove to be a very exciting outfielder for the long term. Gose made his big league debut with Toronto in 2012, but while in the Minor Leagues he put up big stolen base numbers and showed an ability to consistently get on-base over the last three seasons in particular. He did strikeout over 150 times while at Double-A in 2011 and over 100 times in 482 plate appearances at Triple-A in 2012, but he possesses triples speed and can be a catalyst for the top of the order in the future.

Previous updates and information for 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.

Reports:

  • Nov. 15: Cody Ross is getting serious interest from the Phillies, Mariners, Red Sox and Tigers, according to Jim Bowden on Twitter.
  • Nov. 15: Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says free-agent OF Cody Ross is seeking at-least a three year deal in the range of $21-25 million.
  • Nov. 4: The Mets could target free agent OF Cody Ross this winter, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
  • Oct. 13: The Red Sox are interested in signing OF Cody Ross to a multi-year deal, according to Cafardo.
  • Jan. 22: The Mets made a run at signing Ross last off-season, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.




Previous updates and information for J.P. Arencibia...

Stats: Arencibia, who will be 27 on Opening Day, hit .233 with a .275 OBP and .435 SLG, 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 347 at-bats over 102 games in 2012. He broke his hand in late July and missed about six weeks.

Contract: Arencibia earned $489,000 in 2012 and is not eligible for arbitration until 2014. He can become a free agent after the 2016 season.

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