Cody Ross, Red Sox outfielder
Perhaps the headline should be “cheerful Cody Ross” as Larry Lucchino referred to him in the Red Sox CEO’s famous midseason letter to season ticket holders.
Ross, best known for his 2010 postseason heroics as a member of the San Francisco Giants, joined the Red Sox as a free agent last January on a one-year, $3 million deal. In May, Ross fractured his foot on a foul ball and did not return to the lineup until July 19.
Ross’s signature moment with the Red Sox in 2012 was a July three-run walkoff bomb over the Green Monster against the White Sox. Although his walkoff blast failed to ignite a winning streak, many fans called for the Red Sox to lock up Ross in a long-term deal.
The 31-year-old outfielder batted .267/.326/.481 with 22 home runs and 81 RBIs, playing in 130 games. He is a free agent.