Speaking on a conference call following the announcement of his agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a three-year, $26 million deal (with a fourth year club option), Cody Ross talked about his disappointment regarding the Red Sox' approach in negotiations.
"We just couldn't agree on terms," he said. "At some point -- just to be completely honest with you guys -- they thought I was going to come back no matter what. That I loved playing there, and I did. It's a great park. It's Fenway Park. How can you not love playing at Fenway, going to work every day there? But I just wanted to be treated fairly. I wasn't asking to be overpaid. I didn't want to break the bank and they weren't willing to do it. I'm sure there's reasons why. I don't know why. You have to ask them why. It just didn't work out."
According to a baseball source, the Red Sox didn't want to go beyond offering two years for Ross, who also drew interest from Philadelphia, Texas, Seattle, and the Yankees.
Ross explained that after word came out that he had locked into a deal with the Diamondbacks -- which was agreed upon in principle on Thursday after the initial conversations Monday -- he received a congratulatory text from former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.
"I would say I got along with Bobby better than most, probably better than anyone," he said. "In my short career, I've had a number of managers with a number of different personalities. When Bobby came in, it wasn't anything different for me. It was just a different manager who wanted to do things his way.
"He had a different way of doing it. I would say that a lot of guys on the team were so used to the way Terry Francona did things that it was kind of a shock to them that Bobby would come in and say things and do things that they weren't on board with. That kind of caused some problems. I never butted heads with him or had any issues with him. That's how it was."
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