According to a source familiar with the negotiations, contract talks between the Red Sox and outfielder Cody Ross have gained "some momentum." Ross will be eligible for free agency five days after the conclusion of the World Series.
The 31-year-old, who is represented by the SFX Baseball Group, only engaged in occasional preliminary contract talks with the Red Sox throughout the second half of the 2012 season, without a formal offer being presented by the team. Ross signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Sox prior to the '12 campaign.
Ross finished '12 hitting .267 with an .807 OPS and 22 home runs in 130 games. The right-handed hitter managed a .295 batting average and 1.010 OPS against left-handed pitching, while hitting .298 with a .921 OPS at Fenway Park.
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