During a radio interview on WEEI's Mut and Merloni show Friday afternoon, former Boston and current Arizona outfielder Cody Ross had some tough words for Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington.
Ross accused the Red Sox of lying to him during contract negotiations this past offseason.
“Once I got into free agency, I didn't drive the price up or do anything that would possibly affect me coming back here. They told me that they didn't want to sign guys to long-term deals, and then they gaveVictorino a three-year deal, and then Napoli a three or four-year deal, whatever it was. So, basically they lied to my face. At that point, I kind of got a bad taste in my mouth and wanted to move on, and that was it."
In December, Ross signed a three-year, $26 million deal with the Diamondbacks.
“To be honest with you, the day until I signed with Arizona, I thought it could still possibly happen someway, somehow. Maybe it was wishful thinking.”
Ross was one of the few bright spots in the Red Sox tumultuous 2012 season. Ross hit .267 with 22 home runs and 81 RBI.
“It is what it is. Like I said, it was a great time being here.”
Think Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino still thinks of him as "the cheerful" Cody Ross?
Ross had his revenge against his former team last night. Ross went 4-5, with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI in a 7-6 Diamondbacks win.