Outfielder Cody Ross was the latest free agent to meet with the Texas Rangers, having met with club officials Tuesday, a source confirmed. Ross, who turns 32 on Sunday, reportedly met with the Rangers on Tuesday. Outfielder Cody Ross and the Red Sox aren't talking on a daily basis about a reprise in 2013. The Rangers currently have Nelson Cruz in right field, though he's slated to become a free agent after the 2013 season. He was a strong fit in Fenway Park, and the Red Sox would seem to have room to add another outfielder, depending on expectations around Jonny Gomes and Ryan Kalish. Meanwhile, the Sox still expect Jacoby Ellsbury to be their center fielder in 2013 despite reports and rumors that, because he is a free agent following next season and is a Scott Boras client, Ellsbury could be shopped.
The Rangers, while talking publicly about the possibility of committing to young players, are apparently doing some last-minute Christmas shopping among the list of second-tier free agents still sitting on the market.