According to Jerry Cransack of ESPN.com, the Mets are interested in former Giants outfielder Cody Ross:
Ross, who is now 31, hit 14 home runs with a .240 batting average in 121 games with San Francisco last season. Ross has been a well above average journeyman outfielder throughout his career, serving time with the Tigers, Dodgers, Reds, Marlins, and Giants over eight seasons. Ross’s best season came in 2009 with the Marlins in which he hit .270 situational with 24 home runs and 90 RBI. However, what Ross is remembered for the most is his performance in the 2010 postseason for the Giants. Ross, a late-August waiver selection at the time, went on a tear in the NLCS, hitting three home runs and batting .350 in 20 ABs. He was later named the NLCS MVP.
What I like the most about Ross is his versatility. Ross can play all three outfield positions, which will take some wear and tear off Andres Torres, Lucas Duda, and Jason Bay. Maybe he could even split time with Bay or take over for him if he is dealt mid-season. Ross is also a decent fielder at all three positions, which could save the Mets some runs on the days Lucas Duda needs a rest. Ross could add flexibility and versatility off the pine for Terry Collins. He can also supply timely, situational hitting, something the Mets desperately need.
It’s no guarantee that the veteran outfielder will come to New York, however. The Red Sox are also apparently after him, so Ross might decide to go play for a championship. Also, it remains unclear whether the Wilpons will give the necessary funding to sign Ross in the first place. We will just have to wait and see in the coming days.