Cory Ross Traded to Cincinnati

The Dodgers traded outfielder Cody Ross, who on April 16 had a three-run home run and a grand slam home run in the same game against the Pirates, to Cincinnati for the famous "player to be named later."

Ross was out of options and when Jeff Kent was hit by a pitch, they felt that they needed to recall infielder Oscar Robles and that they could no longer carry six outfielders on the roster so the young outfielder was designated for assignment to make roomm for Robles.

The young outfielder, 25, started two games for Los Angeles and was batting .500 (7-for-14), which included the seven-RBI game in Pittsburgh on April 13. In eight games this season, he had nine RBI.

The Dodgers acquired Ross from Detroit on April 1, 2004, for left-handed pitcher Steve Colyer. Last year, he hit 22 home runs for Triple-A Las Vegas and played 14 games with the Dodgers, striking out 10 times in 25 at-bats.

Cincinnati, in a domino effect, designated veteran infielder Tony Womack for assignment to the minors. Womack hadn't started since April 14 and was relegated to occasionally pinch-hitting after the club traded for second baseman Brandon Phillips on April 7. If the Reds can't trade Womack, he could become a free agent.