Theo Hires Manny As Cubs Hitting Consultant

Jon Lester, David Ross, Kevin Youkilis—and now, Manny Ramirez! The Chicago Cubs announced today that they have hired Manny to be a major-league hitting consultant. Last week, it was reported that Youk was also hired by Theo Epstein as a part-time scouting and player development consultant. Be honest, whenever you think of Manny and Youk, you think: "Consltant". Anyway, Theo made...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Theo Won’t Keep Three Catchers Despite What He Says

The Chicago Cubs are willing to go into the 2015 season with three catchers. At least, that’s what President Theo Epstein wants general managers around the league to think. Epstein made this declaration to Bruce Levine on 670 The Score over the weekend and while his roster has the ability to carry three catchers, it remains highly unlikely. With two-time all-star Miguel Montero...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox look to improve behind the plate in 2015

The 2015 Red Sox roster shapes up to be very different from the roster that opened the season in 2014.  With just over a month until pitchers and catchers report for spring training in Ft. Myers we took a look at the  current Red Sox roster position by position compared t0 2014.  We will start our breakdown by looking at the catching position. Opening Day Catchers 2014 – A.J...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

David Ross Explains Choosing Cubs Over Red Sox In ‘Crazy’ Free Agency

David Ross’ free agency wasn’t without drama. Ross, who spent the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, recently signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Chicago Cubs. The decision capped an interesting offseason on the open market that culminated with a “crazy” final day, the catcher recently told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. “€œKind of the deciding factor...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

What Ryan Hanigan Learned from David Ross

Ryan Hanigan, the Boston Red Sox’s newly acquired back-up catcher learned the ropes from the man he is replacing, David Ross.  Ryan Hanigan was under the tutelage of David Ross while with the Cincinnati Reds, learning the art of framing from one the league’s best. The art of pitch framing has peaked over the past […]
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

David Ross To Red Sox Fans: Boston Will Always Hold Special Place In My Heart

David Ross sounds like he didn’t take his time in Boston for granted. The veteran catcher reportedly signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs earlier this week, joining Jon Lester on the North Side and ending his time with the Red Sox. He tweeted his appreciation for Red Sox Nation on Saturday morning. Thx for all the kind words & support. Boston will always hold a special...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Sign Lester’s Former Teammate

The Chicago Cubs have signed catcher David Ross to a two-year deal. Ross spent the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox and hit .184 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 50 games. Ross, who will turn 38 this spring, often caught for Jon Lester in Boston during the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander’s starts in the 2013 World Series victory. The contract will...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs, Lester former batterymate Ross reach 2-year deal

  David Ross and the Chicago Cubs agreed on a two-year contract worth $5 million, reuniting the catcher with frequent batterymate Jon Lester. The sides made the free-agent deal Friday. Ross often caught Lester in Boston during the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander's starts in the 2013 World Series victory. Ross started behind the plate for Lester's last 11 starts...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Trade Will Middlebrooks To Padres For Catcher Ryan Hanigan

This embed is invalid" /> Two of this offseason’s busiest teams crossed paths Friday. The Red Sox and Padres confirmed a trade that sends catcher Ryan Hanigan to Boston and third baseman Will Middlebrooks to San Diego. A source told Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan of the deal earlier in the day. WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, who heard the same thing from...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs and catcher David Ross reach 2-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) David Ross and the Chicago Cubs have agreed on a two-year contract worth $5 million, reuniting the catcher with frequent batterymate Jon Lester. The sides made the free-agent deal Friday. Ross often caught Lester in Boston during the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander's starts in the 2013 World Series victory. Ross started behind the plate for Lester...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Other Shoe Drops—Padres Sign David Ross

Literally minutes after a reported trade of catcher (and Andover High School alum) Ryan Hanigan to Boston, the San Diego Padres scooped up former Red Sox backstop David Ross. In 2014—until the late-season emergence of Christan Vazquez—Ross was part of one of the worst Boston catching tandems in history with A.J. Pierzynski. However, Ross will always be remembered as catching...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Ex-Boston Red Sox David Ross To Sign With San Diego Padres

This embed is invalid" /> David Ross isn’t returning to Boston or following Jon Lester to Chicago. Ross is signing with the San Diego Padres, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. The veteran catcher was choosing between the Red Sox, Cubs and Padres as of Wednesday evening, according to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. The Red Sox still need a backup...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Source: David Ross Signs with the San Diego Padres

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, David Ross formerly of the Boston Red Sox has signed with the San Diego Padres. The Boston Red Sox trading for Ryan Hanigan now makes sense since they were out of the running for his services. david ross is signing with padres — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 19, […]
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: David Ross, Craig Breslow Still Free-Agent Options For Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> Jon Lester isn’t walking through that door. But a couple of other Boston Red Sox free agents could return. Catcher David Ross and reliever Craig Breslow still are in the mix for the Red Sox, according to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. Boston reportedly has competition for both players’ services. A major league source told...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

David Ross Picking Among Sox And Two Others

(USAToday Sports)According to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, catcher David Ross is deciding whether to return to the Red Sox or move on to the Chicago Cubs or San Diego Padres. Since Ross was essentially Jon Lester's personal catcher in his time here, our guess is he goes to The Windy City to join the lefty. If Ross does depart, it will open the possibility of Boston committing the backstop...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: David Ross, Jonny Gomes Could Be Following Jon Lester To Cubs

The Chicago Cubs look like they’re having a Red Sox reunion on the North Side. The Cubs sent shockwaves through baseball late Tuesday night when they reportedly signed free-agent pitcher Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract. Now, according to reports, the Cubs might be zeroing in on a pair of Lester’s ex-teammates — catcher David Ross and outfielder Jonny Gomes....
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

David Ross, Jonny Gomes likely to follow Lester to Cubs

Jon Lester choosing to sign with the Chicago Cubs could have a domino effect. Some believe that Lester agreeing to a deal with the Cubs means free agents David Ross and Jonny Gomes could follow. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan said the chances the two sign with the Cubs “increases significantly.” ESPN’s Buster Olney also believes Ross...Read More
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox, Cubs Battling For David Ross In Addition To Jon Lester?

This embed is invalid" /> The drama could be trickling down to Jon Lester’s former battery mate. The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs are believed to be among the finalists for Lester’s services. The two teams also appear to be among those in the mix for catcher David Ross. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters Tuesday at the Major...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Cubs to meet with agent of C David Ross, could trade Welington Castillo

Even after trading for catcher Miguel Montero on Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs are still looking to upgrade behind the plate. Gordon Edens of ESPN.com announced that the Cubs plan to meet with the agent for catcher David Ross, who was Jon Lester's catcher while with the Boston Red Sox. Cubs have meeting planned with David Ross’s agent tonight. Ross still in mix for Boston as well—...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Red Sox David Ross: Free Agency Process ‘Humbling’ Late In Career

This embed is invalid" /> David Ross will turn 38 in March. He’s coming off a bad season and his impact offensively has been minimal the last two years. So why, then, is Ross reportedly garnering plenty of interest in free agency? Well, Ross is one of the most respected players in Major League Baseball. Even though he’s unlikely to post big numbers...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

New Cubs Bench Coach, New Rumors

A couple of quick hits for everyone... - The Cubs have indeed hired former Cub and rumored backstabber Dave Martinez as their bench coach (not Davey Lopes if you're following Bruce Levine on twitter). That'll move Brandon Hyde to first base coach and newly hired Doug Dascenzo to outfield/baserunning coordinator. - The Cubs signed INF Jonathan Herrera to a minor league deal...he last...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Lester and Ross could sign as a 'package deal'

  So, you want to add Jon Lester to your roster? You might have to add David Ross, too.   There are a handful of teams interested in signing Lester this offseason as he’s arguably the best starting pitcher on the market. However, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday morning that Lester and Ross might be a package deal. At least three teams pursuing Lester...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves among teams interested in David Ross

David Ross is drawing some interest on the free agent market from the Braves. Ross, 37, previously played for the Braves from 2009 to 2011 before departing for the Red Sox. While Ross had been a capable backup with the bat he regressed to a laughable .197/.276/.374 line in 80 games with the Red Sox over the past two seasons. The Braves must be considering him a defensive option...
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November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Where should teams look for help at catcher?

The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t surprise too many people when they threw a whole bunch of money at Ontario native Russell Martin. And as blasphemous as a five-year deal for a catcher heading into his age 32 season may sound, it was probably necessary for them to actually be able to reign him in (even though we all know five years for a catcher heading into his age 32 season is...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Monday Links: Free Agency Eve

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor As soon as the clock strikes 12:01 tonight, Major League free agents will be able to sign with whichever team they would like. While MLB free agency is typically a long and drawn out process that takes close to three months to completely flesh out, early offseason signings aren’t all that crazy to come across. Two years ago, the Red Sox made their...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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