Re: Ben should have made Ross a qualifying offer.
posted at 12/27/2012 3:53 PM EST
Basically, Ross is agreeing with me, saying that the RS not making a QO helped him land a bigger contract, implying that he would've had an issue landing a contract if a QOhad been made, implying he would've accepted it.
It does not say, does not imply, and does not even hint at him turning it down.
"which is actually a good thing for me"
The opposite of a good thing is a bad thing. Therefore, when he said it is actually a good thing it means the QO would hav been a bad thing.
So you are saying he didn't want the QO, but would feel forced to take it if offerred b/c of the pick problem.
So which is it Joe, before you said:
It wouldn't make sense to gamble on a $21M/3 contract. The marginal gain is $7.7M/2, more than a one-year deal for $13.3M. The downside is that he gets hurt and loses $7.7M. The upside is that he is healthy and gets the same offer next year.
But, before you thought he would take it because it was good offer.
- He has gone on the record many times about wanting a three year deal and in 2012 he took less to go at FA again:
- A big risk taking the offer b/c he could end up getting platooned with the better fielding Kalish against RHP.
- His career has been up and down, in 2010 and 2011 he was pretty poor, he would not want to risk an injury or down year.
I was talking to him throughout the offseason, seeing who was interested and who wasnât, just kind of bouncing stuff off of each other,â Ross said during the season. âHe had a little better season than I did last year, and got paid â rightfully so. I knew he was going to be one of the guys to set the market as far as power-hitting right-handers. Obviously I couldnât compare myself to him, but I was so happy for him to be able to get his deal.â
Willingham received a three-year, $21 million free agent deal from the Twins. Ross,
meanwhile, took a one-year, $3 million deal with the Red Sox, opting to pass on two-year offers that would have given him more than $3 million per year (but less than $5 million per year)
in hopes of going to a favorable hitting environment (a departure from Florida and San Francisco, both of whom play in parks and divisions that tend to be hostile to big power numbers) where he could boost his numbers in anticipation of another run at free agency following the 2012 season.
The strategy paid off, as Ross slammed 22 homers in 130 games while hitting .267 with a .326 OBP, .481 slugging mark and .807 OPS, with his OBP and OPS both ranking as career-best marks for any season in which he had at least 200 plate appearances. That line closely resembled the one that Willingham delivered with the Aâs (albeit in more challenging hitting environment) prior to getting his three-year deal from Minnesota.
âI felt like this was a perfect spot for me to get my value back up and basically I rolled the dice on a one-year deal,â Ross said of Boston. âHopefully it pays off.â
It seems extremely likely that Ross will secure a multi-year deal, though it remains to be seen whether itâs with the Red Sox. http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2012/10/29/cody-ross-and-the-pursuit-of-a-josh-willingham-deal