First, it was the relief pitcher. Then, it was the starting pitcher. And in less than 24 hours, the Phillies may be able to cross everything off their checklist just in time for Christmas.
With a corner outfielder being the only position left to fill, the Phillies have been “intensifying pursuit” of free-agent outfielder Cody Ross according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Ross hit .267 with 22 home runs and 81 RBIs for the Boston Red Sox in 2012.
Phillies fans may not-so-fondly remembered Ross from the 2010 NLCS. Ross hit two home runs in a Game 1 Phillies’ loss. He homered again in Game 2, a Phillies win.
The Phillies were believed to be targeting a free-agent corner outfielder for some time. Among the possibilities were Ross as well as Nick Swisher. They also had been in discussion with the Chicago Cubs for a trade that would send Alfonso Soriano to the Phillies for Domonic Brown.
Ross also doesn’t cost the Phillies anything additionally. Signing Swisher would cost the signing team their first-round draft pick, which for the Phillies is their highest since 2006, and trading for Soriano would cost top prospects.
Whatever happens, Ruben is clearly on a mission today by stepping up his pursuit for a corner outfielder after signing Mike Adams and John Lannan.