Just ran into Cody Ross, who is in Vegas to attend the National Finals Rodeo. Ross grew up in New Mexico and his father was big into the sport. Cody rode calves when he was younger. "They were my bulls from five to seven years old," he said.
On the more pressing issue of his possibly moving to right field next season, with Jeremy Hermida shifting to left, Ross said no problem. "I don't feel more comfortable playing one more than the other." He said the Tigers were the first to try him in right field when he was in their system, a move designed to groom him as Bobby Higginson's replacement.
Ross said having Cameron Maybin roaming center will make his job easier.
"Anytime you have a burner like that, it's easier for the corner guys," Ross said.
Chances remain strong that Hermida will move to left to start the season even though the rumors continue involving him a possible trade.
Here's the latest: Texas and Seattle were involved with the Marlins in back-and-forth discussions for Hermida, with proposals and counter-proposals exchanged. The Marlins are likely targeting catching help and are thought to be interested in Adam Moore, a catching prospect for the Mariners. The Marlins have also had interest in Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden, catchers with Texas.