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Cody Ross landed the three-year deal he had been hoping for, but it came from an unlikely suitor.
According to a tweet from Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, a league source has indicated the two parties reached an agreement on Saturday morning. The news came as a bit of a surprise: there were quite a few known teams after Ross, and the DBacks had seldom even been linked as a possible destination for the soon-to-be 32 year old.
Ross batted .267 with a .807 OPS last season with the Red Sox. He clubbed 22 homers and drove in 81 runs, which are both close to being career highs. Ross has primarily played the corner outfield positions throughout his career, and most defensive metrics rate him as pretty average in terms of range and throwing abilities.
The signing could mean another deal is on the way for general manager Kevin Towers. The Diamondbacks already have Justin Upton, Jason Kubel and Gerardo Parra on the roster, and a couple of other younger guys knocked on the door in 2012. Upton and Kubel have been said to be on the trading block in recent weeks, and the signing of Ross could mean one of those two is on his way out.
This post originally appeared on Baseball Nation.