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According to FoxSports.com, 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
seasons with the Braves.
It is unclear what this means for returning catchers Jarrod
Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway, although FoxSports.com quotes a
source as saying the right-handed hitting Ross will be "more than a
backup but not a starter."
Ross, who played briefly with the Red Sox in 2008 (8 games) before
being released, hit .256 with a .770 OPS while backing up Brian McCann
in 2012. He was playing off a two-year, $3.25 million deal.
WEEI - Report: Red Sox to sign catcher David Ross
It's not Cody Ross, but the Sox have made a solid if unspectacular signing, by bringing in catcher David Ross.
None of us were terribly thrilled with Saltalamacchia, and Lavarnway is a big question mark, so that the Sox would bring in a solid veteran catcher isn't a surprise. I won't pretend to know a ton about David Ross, but I do know he's a competent backup catcher who's fairly solid at the plate. But to add a little perspective, his Fangraphs WAR rating over the past two seasons have been 1.4 and 1.5. Salty, who's played twice as many games over that time, rates 1.7 and 2.0.
It will be interesting to see how this catcher situation shakes out though. Especially if the Sox do see him as "more than a backup but not a starter". Whatever that means. Either Salty or Lavarnway could be moved. Salty could see a transition to first. Lavarnway could hang out in Pawtucket for a while longer. A lot of things could happen.
Cherington has given himself some flexibility at a position that's left a bit to be desired since Tek's downfall, which is a good thing. So I'm happy to have Ross on board. Still, though - I'd have rather woken up to news that it was Cody, not David.
Also, if you're interested in the Kuroda signing, he turned down the Yankee's qualifying offer. He is free.
Rest of the links:
Herald - Sox will take their time to upgrade team | Little urge to splurge for Sox | GLobe - Henry shuts investment company | WEEI -Sox to interview Schu for hitting coach | CSNNE - Buckley: Thumbs up on Kuroda, thumbs down on Hamilton
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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....
The Red Sox have made their first move of the offseason and it is a head scratcher. The team has signed backup catcher David Ross to a 2-year $6.2 million contract. The Red Sox have Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway as catchers so one of them will be going elsewhere via trade or in Lavarnway's case, back to Pawtucket. Ross is a valuable addition behind the dish,...
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.
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The Boston Red Sox agreed to a two-year, $6.2 million contract with free agent backup catcher David Ross, ESPN.com 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...
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Backup catcher David Ross has accepted a two-year $6.2 million dollar contract with the Boston Red Sox. The deal will be announced pending Ross passing a physical.
The Braves did not want to give the 36-year old Ross more than a one year contract.
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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...
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...
There’s some uncertainty behind the plate for the Red Sox in 2013.
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The Red Sox have made a play for a free agent, and his last name is Ross.
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Catcher David Ross agrees...
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 FoxSports.com, 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.
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.
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