(NEW YORK) — The Arizona Diamondback’s outfield has become even more crowded then it already was. The team has has signed outfielder Cody Ross to a three-year deal worth $26 million.
The 31-year old Ross is coming off a productive season with the Boston Red Sox. In 2012, his only season with the Red Sox, Ross batted .267 with 22 home runs as well as 81 RBIs while playing in 130 games for the team.
Arizona’s signing of Ross is a surprise to many around Major League Baseball. Recently, he had been linked to the Texas Rangers and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Another reason the signing is a surprise because it was believed the team’s outfield was already set for the 2013 season. The team already has outfielders Justin Upton, Jason Kubel, and Adam Eaton. ESPN is reporting that the team is trying to now trade Kubel.
Ross made just $3 million last season.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN