Ross awarded to Giants

Cody Ross, a fan favorite and one of the Marlins’ steadiest players since 2006, has been awarded to the Giants on a waiver claim.

The Marlins announced the transaction after losing 2-1 on Sunday to the Astros at Sun Life Stadium.

The 29-year-old opened the season as the starting right fielder, but he was switched to center field after Cameron Maybin struggled early.

Maybin will be recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday and assume the center field spot when the Marlins open a three-game set with the Mets at Citi Field.

In February, Ross won his arbitration hearing with the Marlins, and he is earning $4.45 million this year, instead of the $4.2 million Florida offered. The Giants will assume about $1 million of the remainder of Ross’ contract.

A few days ago, it became public that the Giants had claimed Ross on waivers. The move was seen to block the Marlins from working out a possible trade with the Padres.

The Marlins had until Monday to decide whether to work out a trade, or pull him off waivers or to award him to the Giants.

Ross had two hits in Sunday’s loss, and is batting .265 with 11 homers and 58 RBIs.

Because he is in line to make about $6 million in 2011, his final arbitration year, he wasn’t part of the team’s plans. The Marlins considered trading Ross before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but kept him in hopes of making a playoff push.

The Marlins record now is 62-61, and they face an uphill climb to seriously be in the race.

The Marlins now will get a longer look at Maybin, who appeared in 51 games for Florida and was batting .225.

The 23-year-old Maybin is batting .338 with New Orleans with four homers and 23 RBIs.

Moving Ross also should free up more playing time for Emilio Bonifacio, who also can play center field.

— Joe Frisaro


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