BOSTON -- The Red Sox have told outfielder Cody Ross they want him back for the 2013 season, a baseball source said Saturday, although no talks about an extension have yet to take place. The Red Sox also want David Ortiz to return, but the sides have yet to speak, the source said.
Ross has enjoyed a bounce-back season for the Sox after signing a one-year, $3 million deal this winter. He came into play Saturday night with a .271/.335/.519/.854 batting line, and with the Sox having traded outfielder Carl Crawford to the Dodgers, Ross and Jacoby Ellsbury are the only outfielders left from the 25-man Opening Day roster. Ellsbury is eligible for free agency after the 2013 season, leading to speculation that the Sox may attempt to trade him this winter, although they have now marshaled the financial resources needed to attempt to sign him to a long-term extension.
David Ortiz has not yet been approached about an extension, the source said, but indicated that the Sox intend to do so. Ortiz's troublesome Achilles tendon could potentially impact negotiations, although GM Ben Cherington said Saturday he did not expect the injury to "inhibit [Ortiz] in a significant way moving forward."
Ross played a key role in the Giants' winning the World Series in 2010 after he was acquired in a trade from the Florida Marlins, winning the NLCS MVP. But after slumping to .240 with 14 home runs and a.730 OPS the following season, the Giants parted ways with Ross rather than giving him the three-year deal he was seeking. Ross had a chance to sign a two-year deal with a couple of teams, including Atlanta, but signed with Boston, where his pull swing was ideally suited for playing in Fenway Park. Having established his offensive bona fides, Ross, 31, is expected to seek a tree-year deal from the Sox.