Found November 11, 2012 on MLB Injury News:
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 starter. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the David Ross deal yesterday morning.  He says Ross may be the best back-up catcher in all of baseball.  This, of course, is a big loss for the Atlanta Braves.  The Braves are not sure what they are going to get from McCann when he returns, and as it stands now, they do not have a viable option to back him up. The good thing for the Braves is how early we are in the offseason.  They may have lost out on negotiating a new deal for Ross, but they have plenty of time to find another back-up catcher while evaluating McCann's rehab process. McCann recently had shoulder surgery after the shoulder limited him to just 121 games this past season.  Despite the surgery and the decreasing productivity, the Braves picked up McCann's 2013 option on October 30th.  The team, though, is still uncertain about his long-term future. McCann, who is 28 and is a six-time All-Star already, hit just .230/.300/.399.  This comes on the heals of a 2011 season that saw McCann not make an All-Star Game for the first time since his rookie season.  In 2011, McCann hit .270/.351/.466.  The Braves will certainly be looking for an option to back him up, but depending on whether McCann can bounce back in 2013, they may be looking for a starter soon as well. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + ''; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();

Red Sox, Ross agree to two-year deal

David Ross is considered perhaps the best backup catcher in baseball. And now he is joining the Boston Red Sox. Ross reached agreement Saturday with the Red Sox on a two-year, free-agent contract, according to a major-league source. The deal will become official once Ross passes a physical, ending his four-year tenure with the Atlanta Braves. Financial terms are not yet known....

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...

Backup catcher David Ross signs with Red Sox

Former Atlanta Braves backup catcher David Ross has signed a two-year deal with the Boston Red Sox for $6.2 million. Ross is coming off of a contract that paid him $3.2 million over two years with the Braves, meaning that his salary will nearly double with his new club. Ross's departure from Atlanta comes as a stunner to a fanbase that didn't even consider the possibility...

Braves C McCann to miss start of season

Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann is expected to miss the first two to four weeks of the season after having shoulder surgery in October, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported Saturday. Compounding McCann's loss is that backup catcher David Ross agreed to a two-year, $6.2 million deal with the Boston Red Sox. The Braves have to find a catcher to fill in for McCann,...

Red Sox, C Ross agree on deal

The Boston Red Sox agreed to a two-year, $6.2 million contract with free agent backup catcher David Ross, reported Saturday. The deal is pending a physical exam. Ross spent the last four years with the Atlanta Braves. He hit .256 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 62 games this past season. He appeared in eight games for the Red Sox in 2008. Ross also played for the...

Putting Ross Into Perspective

A couple of years ago, I wondered why David Ross was taking such small contracts to back up Brian McCann in Atlanta when he seemed to be good enough to start elsewhere. Whether it was a lack of interest from other teams or Ross’ desire to stay in Atlanta, it puzzled me. When he was eligible for free agency again this season, I figured he would probably just stay in in Atlanta as...

Catching, Catching and more Catching

The Red Sox made a move two days ago signing David Ross to a two year, $6.2 million contract. Ross brings with him four solid consecutive seasons backing up Brian McCann in Atlanta. Ross is a competent hitter and is what many scouts and experts expect to be a considerable upgrade over Kelly Shoppach. He [...]

Bye, Rossy

only a month ago...   FOX Sports exclusive: Red Sox, Ross agree to two-year deal Bowman: Ross confirms that he has agreed to two-year deal with the Red Sox   Sources: Free-agent catcher David Ross agrees to two-year deal with #RedSox, pending physical. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 10, 2012 Ross will be “more than a backup but not a starter” for #RedSox, source...

Your Morning Dump... Where the Sox sign a Ross

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. According to, the Red Sox have agreed to terms with catcher David Ross on a two-year contract worth $6.2 million. The deal is pending a physical for the 35-year-old, who played the last four...

David Ross Signing Gives Red Sox Depth, Marks Decision Time for Futures of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ryan Lavarnway

The Red Sox promised to go into the offseason spending, using their newly acquired payroll space to build a contender. But most people thought that meant filling two holes in the outfield and a spot at first base, not to mention bolstering the pitching staff. Snagging a third catcher? Well, that’s nice, but it’s hardly shock and awe. The Red Sox’ reported deal with backup catcher...

Report: Red Sox Sign David Ross to Two-Year Deal

Well either Jarrod Saltalamacchia is on his way out of Boston or Ryan Lavarnway will start the season in Triple-A Pawtucket. Why's that you ask. According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Boston Red Sox and catcher David Ross have agreed on a two-year deal worth $6.2 million. All that stands in the way of it being official is Ross passing the physical. This...

The High Cost Of Catching

Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that while the Mets and Red Sox had not engaged in discussions about catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, he ponders whether the two would match up for a deal now that they have signed free agent catcher David Ross. It’s not a bad idea, but Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox do not view Ross as an everyday catcher and would most likely serve...
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