Found November 12, 2012 on The Platoon Advantage:
Right before heading to their giant mansions and speed boats that can also turn into underwater compounds for the weekend (I don't really understand the lifestyle of the rich), the Red Sox signed David Ross to a 2 year, $6.2 million contract. You may not find that particularly noteworthy in an offseason dominated by Josh Hamilton's contract demands and Walt Weiss' managerial hiring, but that's because you haven't been paying enough attention to Mr. Ross. In a league where 30 teams have to field a starting catcher, Ross may very well be better than half of them, but hasn't been given the playing time to prove it.  Despite being 35 years old and having been in the league since 2002, David Ross has only had one season with more than 300 at-bats, one more with over 200. In those two seasons, coming with the Reds in 2006 and '07, Ross hit 38 home runs in 644 plate appearances. To put that into perspective, Edwin Encarnacion hit 42 this past year in the sam...

Red Sox, Ross complete 2-year deal

The Boston Red Sox have signed catcher David Ross to a two-year deal worth $6.2 million. The deal was reached over the weekend. Ross was in Boston for a physical this week before it could be finalized. Ross played 62 games for the Atlanta Braves last season, his 11th in the major leagues. He batted .256 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs. Atlanta went 54-35 in his starts at catcher...

Your Morning Dump...where Ellsbury is still the most important decision

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Depending on how you value Ellsbury, there are two ways to view this option. One, the Red Sox should trade him now before his stock drops further as his MVP-caliber season goes farther into the rear-view mirror...

Five Signings to Fix the Red Sox… Seriously

1. Re-sign David Ortiz: Yes, I realize this has already taken place. But let me tell you why this was so important. For the past two seasons, Big Papi has been a bit of a malcontent in the clubhouse because of a “lack of respect.” And I’m one of the few people who has been 100% on Ortiz’ side. The problem with the Sox has been an utter lack of respect fortheirplayers. I don’t...

MMO Mailbag: Trading For Saltalamacchia Or Lavarnway?

Alex asks… The Red Sox just signed David Ross as a catcher and are also said to be going after Mike Napoli. That tells me that Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway are certainly available. Which one would be a better target for the Mets and what would the cost be? Sean replies… Both of these players are interesting, but both have their issues and they would not be the final...

Your Morning Dump... Where we try to make sense of the Ross signing

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney checks in Sunday morning on the Red Sox catching situation , which got more interesting Saturday with the signing of long-time backup David Ross. The Sox now have a surplus...

Red Sox investigating Mike Napoli

This Napoli-to-Boston speculation/reporting seems to be picking up speed. Ben talked about WEEI's report about the Sox' interest in Napoli, and now ESPN's Buster Olney follows up that the Sox have their sleuthing hats on again. The last time I remember the Red Sox being noted for doing "extensive background work," it was their infamous chase of Carl Crawford...

SportsFans in Headbands tonight at 8 pm with Special Co-Host Chris Hogan talking Bills/Patriots, Red Sox offseason and more

  Tonight on, SportsFans in Headbands returns from 8:00- 9:00 pm with host Nathan Conley and special co-host Chris Hogan, CLNSRadio’s Featured Columnist and Red Sox Beat Editor. Jason Saulter will not be on tonight’s show due to other obligations. Despite that, the guys will have an action packed show. Nate and Chris will [...]

What David Ross' Signing Means to Brian McCann and the Braves

The Atlanta Braves were hoping to re-sign David Ross after he provided his services as a back-up to the Braves' long-time catcher, Brian McCann.  McCann was injured and Ross was thrust into a more prominent role, a role the Red Sox seem willing to give Ross.  The Red Sox signed Ross to a two-year, $6.2 million deal leaving Atlanta to search for a back-up to their injured...

Report: Braves Pursuing Cody Ross to Play Left Field, Help Team Against Left-Handed Pitching

Red Sox Nation surely wants to see Cody Ross back in Fenway next season, but the market for the outfielder may be much larger than originally thought. Enter the Atlanta Braves, one of several teams reported to have interest in Ross. According to Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Braves view Ross as a candidate to play left field everyday, with Martin Prado moving from left to third base...

Red Sox Rumors: Boston Shopping Jarrod Saltalamacchia

The Boston Red Sox signed veteran catcher David Ross to a two-year contract, leading some to speculate that the team’s starting backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia could be traded this offseason. However, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Red Sox had been shopping Saltalamacchia “for weeks” prior to the signing of Ross. For those wondering about #RedSox’s intentions...

Former Sox drawing many suitors in the offseason

Like any baseball fan I've been spending a fair share of time on MLBTradeRumors this offseason, and I've been struck by the building interest in two former Sox: Kevin Youkilis and Jed Lowrie. Youk is a free agent and someone who many fans had hoped would return to Boston, although it doesn't appear likely. MLBTR lists six interested teams and Boston is not among them...

Blue Jays and Marlins discussing blockbuster trade

Not even five months after the monstrous trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox that saw nearly a quarter of a billion in salaries changing hands, it looks like the AL East is set to acquire some payroll from a National League team.  And the team doing the buying is probably not who you’d expect. Reports [...]
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