Who would you rather have playing left field for the Orioles next season: Nate McLouth or Cody Ross?
In the euphoria surrounding the Orioles’ seemingly magical season, McLouth was one of the unlikely heroes. The leading hitter in the Division Series loss, McLouth played a solid left field, batted leadoff after Nick Markakis was hurt and stole bases.
Pretty impressive for someone who’d been stuck in Triple-A for two months. At 30, it appeared that McLouth was recapturing his All-Star ways of 2008.
The Orioles may think he’s not likely to repeat that performance. That’s why Cody Ross is suddenly in their sights.
Let’s forget the Josh Hamilton dreaming for now. If Hamilton’s price dropped dramatically in the next two months, then maybe he’s playing left field in 2013.
I don’t see that happening. I can’t see Dan Duquette, who’s often circumspect, going back on his vow to avoid big-ticket free agents.
The only way they sign Hamilton is to outbid everyone or wait until his asking price drops into their range.
I can’t imagine either happening.
I can see Ross in Baltimore. He’ll be 32 in December. On a horrible Red Sox team, Ross was a dependable player, batting .267 with 22 home runs and 81 RBIs.
Ross was marvelous for the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 postseason, hitting three home runs in the Giants’ six-game NLCS win over the Phillies.
The Orioles could have used his bat against the Yankees.
He strikes out a lot, but with Chris Davis and Mark Reynolds around, that doesn’t seem to faze the Orioles.
Ross would also fit in nicely in the Orioles clubhouse. A media go-to guy, Ross would be popular with the fans and his teammates.
At a reported three years and $25 million, that sounds like a possible Duquette deal to me.
Ross vs. McLouth? It’s probably Ross by a unanimous decision.