The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly pursuing 31-year-old outfielder Cody Ross with increased intensity. Manager Charlie Manuel said, "I better not say a lot about that," when asked about Ross after helping to light the Christmas tree at Citizen Bank Park. Ross played last season with the Boston Red Sox.
As things stand today, Darin Ruf (LF), Ben Revere (CF), and Dominic Brown (RF) would be the Opening Day outfielders for the Phillies. If Ross decides to come to Philadelphia, he would almost certainly take Brown's spot in right, freeing Brown to move around the outfield and give other guys days off.
It's no secret that the Phillies lack some right-handed pop in their lineup. Ross would help in that department. In 130 games last season, he hit 22 home runs and drove in 81 runs. His career line is nothing to get too excited about at .262/.324/.460, but he gets the job done in the outfield and will definitely be an upgrade over Brown.
Stay tuned to find out if Ross makes the right decision and joins the Phils.
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