The Atlanta Braves, looking to add an outfield bat, have interest in signing free-agent outfielder Cody Ross, according to a major-league source.
With Torii Hunter likely choosing between the Rangers and Tigers, the Braves are pursuing another of the top right-handed bats on the market. Ross posted an .807 OPS with 22 home runs in 130 games with the Boston Red Sox last season.
Ross has a good relationship with Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, dating back to their time together with the Marlins. The Braves covet Ross’ ability to hit left-handed pitching – a 1.010 OPS this year – particularly coming off a season in which they went just 30-31 against southpaw starters.
Ross, 31, could fit in with the Braves as an everyday left fielder. Martin Prado held that position this year, but he may be needed as a replacement for the retiring Chipper Jones at third base.
Even if the Braves sign Ross, they are expected to look for a center fielder now that Michael Bourn is a free agent.
— Jon Paul Morosi