NEW YORK -- According to a major league source, the Red Sox have drawn "significant" interest in outfielder Cody Ross, but the team has told interested parties that it has no intentions of dealing Ross at this time.
If made available, Ross would be a valued commodity leading into Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline both because of his production and affordability. The 31-year-old entered Friday night's game with the Yankees hitting .261 with 16 home runs and an .870 OPS. He is in the midst of one-year, $3 million contract.
Ross has expressed his desire to re-sign with the Red Sox earlier in the month, telling WEEI.com, ""Absolutely. Definitely," said the outfielder when asked if life as a Red Sox is better than he expected. "That being said, every place I've been I've felt like I was a good fit. But when you sit down and really map it out and everything just seems like it lines up for me. Great organization, check. Great teammates, check. Want to win, check. Great hitters' park, check. A lineup that can do some damage, check. Other places I've obviously had great times with and had great experiences there, but there was always something that didn't add up. Would I have wanted to stay in Miami? Sure. Would I want to have stayed in San Francisco? Sure. But if you sit down and think about it neither one of those places would have been good for me career-wise."
One team that is known to have interest in Ross is the Rangers, who were at Fenway scouting the outfielder (among others) prior to facing the Red Sox for a three-game set in Arlington, Texas.
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