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Report: Giants win claim on Ross

Posted on: August 20, 2010 5:07 pm
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Cody Ross How many outfielders do the Giants need, anyways?

Sources tell FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that the Giants won the claim on Marlins outfielder Cody Ross. The Marlins now have until Monday to trade Ross to the Giants, allow him to go without any compensation other than the Giants assuming the balance of Ross' deal or pulling Ross back off waivers.

Ross has a little over $1 million left on his deal and while a quality player, the Marlins may elect to let him go to create room for Triple-A outfielder Cameron Maybin and save some money in the process now that Florida is essentially out of the postseason race.

Rosenthal says the Braves and Phillies did not win claims for Ross.

The Giants already have a set outfield of Pat Burrell, Andres Torres and Jose Guillen, with Aaron Rowand seeing significant time as well. Ross would be yet another right-handed hitter, with only Torres a switch-hitter. Nate Schierholz is left-handed, but doesn't really make an impact with the bat -- his game is on defense.

Ross could play against lefties, which would give the Giants quite the platoon-heavy outfield but any little bit would help. Ross is hitting lefties at a .275/.312/.500 clip and has long vastly outproduced his production against righties when facing left-handed pitching. Ross' career OPS is .937 while righties check in at .721 over 600 games.

Even though Ross could help San Francisco, it's likely the Giants put in the claim to block the Padres from acquiring Ross. The Padres lost center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. for the season and so are on the market for an outfielder, and Ross would have been an excellent fit.

-- Evan Brunell

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