Many Diamondbacks fans were worried about the lack of initiative shown by the management, as no prominent players were acquired during the season break. The club finally broke the ice by signing Cody Ross and they will pay him eight $26 million salary over three years. The contract ends in 2016 and this is exactly what Ross hopes to achieve, as he turns 32 today and needs some stability at this age. Arizona will benefit from this power hitter, as their rotation disappointed in 2012 and without a significant change they have low chances of achieving a playoff berth.
Cody Ross seems to be thrilled with the opportunity of playing for the Diamondbacks and he will be in select company. Cody will play alongside Justin Upton, Jason Kubel and Gerardo Parra, all of them veteran outfielders who are highly respected in Arizona. Since 1999 when he was drafted by Detroit, Ross played for Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Indians, eventually landing at Florida Marlins. Without being a star, he is a reliable and very constant player that could prove invaluable in the unlikely event that the Diamondbacks make it to the playoffs.
Last time he played in the World Series, he homered against the Rangers and he can provide Arizona the spark it needs to make a deep run in 2013. Another transfer that the Diamondbacks can be proud of is infielder Gustavo Nunez, only this time he left the club for Detroit. This is how Arizona cleared a vital spot in its 40 man roster and Ross could be transferred in, not to mention that they have received more than expected for Gustavo.