Cody Ross from the Marlins, who now belongs to the Giants, is allowed to go via a waiver claim on Sunday. It was unclear immediately if the Giants claimed Ross because they wanted him or because they wanted to block him from going to the Padres, who needed a center fielder after Tony Gwynnn Jr.’s injury.
The Marlins actually were happy to let Ross go to the Giants, as they could remain $750,000 of his salary. They recalled Cameron Maybin, who will presumably become their everyday center fielder.
The Giants did not have a need for Ross, because center fielder Andres Torres has been one of the most productive players in the team, hitting .283 with 12 homers and 49 RBI.
However, Torres has struggled against left-handed pitchers, so the right-handed hitting Ross could platoon.
Ross is hitting .263 with 11 homers and 58 RBI, but he’s hit .280 with a .542 slugging percentage against lefties. He has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining and perhaps will make about $6 million next season.