Sox ink Cody Ross, DFA Scott Atchison

January, 26, 2012
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Free agent outfielder Cody Ross signed a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox, the team announced Thursday.

No terms were disclosed, but a source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick on Monday that the agreement was for $3 million.

Right-hander Scott Atchison was designated for assignment to create space for Ross on the team's 40-man roster.

Ross figures to be given every chance to leap ahead of Darnell McDonald in a potential platoon in right field and will come to camp hoping to convince new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine that he should play every day ahead of Ryan Sweeney. He also will provide much-needed protection with left fielder Carl Crawford uncertain to be ready when the regular season begins, having had wrist surgery earlier this month.

Ross, 31, is a .261 career hitter with 100 homers in eight seasons with Detroit, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati, Florida and San Francisco. His career highlight came during the 2010 postseason, when he won the National League Championship Series MVP award and played a key role in the San Francisco Giants' World Series run after they picked him up off waivers in August. He batted .240 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs for the Giants last season while playing at least 22 games at every outfield position.

Ross' deal also includes unspecified incentive bonuses based on plate appearances, a source told ESPN.com.

HOP HERE to read the full story on Ross' decision to come to Boston.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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