-- With left fielder Coco Crisp expected to miss the first six to eight weeks of the season following elbow surgery, the A’s are apparently exploring outside options to bolster their outfield. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting on Twitter that the A’s hope to sign former Giants outfielder Cody Ross, who was recently released by Arizona, as soon as he clears waivers on Wednesday.
Ross, 34, was released after failing to crack the Diamondbacks’ opening day roster. Ross had his 2013 season cut short by a dislocated hip and played in just 83 games last season, hitting .252 with two home runs and a .628 OPS in 219 plate appearances.
The A’s are expecting to get one injured outfielder, Josh Reddick, back from an oblique strain this weekend. But Crisp will be out longer after having surgery to remove two bone spurs from his right elbow. The A’s currently have Billy Burns as a backup outfielder but could opt for more experience with the veteran Ross.
It would be a low-risk move for the A’s. Rosenthal reports the Diamondbacks would pay nearly all of the $9.5 million due to Ross this season while the A’s would owe only a pro-rated portion of Ross’ minimum salary. The A’s have not confirmed their interest.
Ross was a key part of the Giants’ World Series title run in 2010, winning NLCS MVP honors after the Giants claimed him off waivers late in the season. He followed that with an underwhelming 2011, but signed a free-agent deal with Boston for 2012 and hit .267 with 22 homers and 81 RBIs.