Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross who was one of the few bright spots on the 2012 Red Sox joined Mut & Merloni on Friday afternoon as he prepared to play his former team in a three-game series at Fenway Park. Ross expressed his disappointment that he was not able to re-sign with the Red Sox and he talked about the difficulty the 2012 Sox had playing for Bobby Valentine.

Ross left Boston as a free agent but he said it was his clear preference to stay with the Red Sox. He said he still doesn’t understand why the team did not give him a fair shot.

“We might have made the mistake of going to them first and saying that I like it here kind of I guess you would say showing your hand” Ross said. “I guess it’s called showing your hand when you tell a team that you want to come back you want to play here. I don’t see how that could hurt me but I guess it did.

“When they didn’t trade me [during last season] I thought we were going to get something done. Ben [Cherington] sort of [dragged it out] and let it go to the offseason when we could have gotten it down easily during the year. The problem was they were hung up on the years. They wanted me for two and I wanted three. We could never come to terms on that.

“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.”

In the end the Sox went in another direction — giving other players the contract length they told Ross he could not have.