Outfield options dwindling for Phillies after Diamondbacks sign Cody Ross
According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, outfielder Cody Ross has reached an agreement with the Diamondbacks on a three-year contract, which is not good for Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies, who are reportedly still looking for an outfielder.
Ross, who made $3 million in 2012, will earn $26 million of the life of his deal, which includes a club option for 2016, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com.
The signing of Ross could open the door for another move, however. The Diamondbacks outfield already consists of Justin Upton, Jason Kubel, and Gerardo Parra. After adding Ross, Arizona could look to trade one of their other outfielders, and Justin Upton's name has already been floated out as a potential target for the Phillies.
If Amaro is indeed looking to add an outfielder via free agency, his options are certainly dwindling. Here's a look at the 101 available free agents from around the league (x-signing club, if different, would lose draft pick; outfielders in bold):
BALTIMORE (6) — Endy Chavez, of; Bill Hall, of; Nick Johnson, dh; Joe Saunders, lhp; Jim Thome, dh; Randy Wolf, lhp.
BOSTON (5) — Aaron Cook, rhp; Daisuke Matsuzaka, rhp; Vicente Padilla, rhp; Scott Podsednik, of.
CHICAGO (7) — Brian Bruney, rhp; Orlando Hudson, 2b; Francisco Liriano, lhp; Jose Lopez, c; Brett Myers, rhp; A.J. Pierzynski, c; Dewayne Wise, of.
CLEVELAND (3) — Travis Hafner, dh; Casey Kotchman, 1b; Grady Sizemore, of.
DETROIT (2) — Jose Valverde, rhp; Delmon Young, of-dh.
HOUSTON (1) — Chris Snyder, c.
LOS ANGELES (2) — LaTroy Hawkins, rhp; Jason Isringhausen, rhp.
MINNESOTA (2) — Matt Capps, rhp; Carl Pavano, rhp.
NEW YORK (6) — Pedro Feliciano, lhp; Freddy Garcia, rhp; Raul Ibanez, of; Derek Lowe, rhp; x-Rafael Soriano, rhp; x-Nick Swisher, of.
OAKLAND (2) — Stephen Drew, ss; Brandon Inge, 3b.
SEATTLE (2) — Kevin Millwood, rhp; Miguel Olivo, c.
TAMPA BAY (3) — Kyle Farnsworth, rhp; J.P. Howell, lhp; Luke Scott, dh.
TEXAS (4) — x-Mark Lowe, rhp; Mike Napoli, c; Roy Oswalt, rhp; Yoshinori Tateyama, rhp.
TORONTO (5) — Jason Frasor, rhp; Kelly Johnson, 2b; Brandon Lyon, rhp; Carlos Villanueva, rhp; Omar Vizquel, 2b.
ARIZONA (3) — Henry Blanco, c; Matt Lindstrom, rhp; Takashi Saito, rhp.
ATLANTA (8) — Jeff Baker, of; Miguel Batista, rhp; x-Michael Bourn, of; Matt Diaz, of; Chad Durbin, rhp; Chipper Jones, 3b; Lyle Overbay, 1b; Ben Sheets, rhp.
CINCINNATI (2) — Miguel Cairo, 1b; Scott Rolen, 3b.
COLORADO (2) — Jason Giambi, 1b; Jonathan Sanchez, lhp.
LOS ANGELES (6) — Bobby Abreu, of; Todd Coffey, rhp; Adam Kennedy, inf; Juan Rivera, of-1b; Matt Treanor, c; Jamey Wright, rhp.
MIAMI (5) — Chad Gaudin, rhp; Austin Kearns, of; Carlos Lee, 1b; Juan Oviedo, rhp; Carlos Zambrano, rhp.
MILWAUKEE (3) — Alex Gonzalez, ss; Shaun Marcum, rhp; Francisco Rodriguez, rhp.
NEW YORK (6) — Ronny Cedeno, inf; Scott Hairston, of; Ramon Ramirez, rhp; Jon Rauch, rhp; Kelly Shoppach, c; Chris Young, rhp.
PHILADELPHIA (2) — Jose Contreras, rhp; Brian Schneider, c.
PITTSBURGH (2) — Rod Barajas, c; Chad Qualls, rhp.
ST. LOUIS (3) — Lance Berkman, 1b; Brian Fuentes, lhp; x-Kyle Lohse, rhp.
SAN FRANCISCO (5) — Aubrey Huff, 1b; Guillermo Mota, rhp; Brad Penny, rhp; Freddy Sanchez, 2b; Ryan Theriot, 2b.
WASHINGTON (5) — Mark DeRosa, of; Mike Gonzalez, lhp; Edwin Jackson, rhp; x-Adam LaRoche, 1b; Chien-Ming Wang, rhp.