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Red Sox agree to two-year deal, $6.2 million deal with catcher David Ross

Nov 10, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that Ross will get a total of $6.2 million over the two years. It’s well-deserved raise for Ross, who just finished up a two-year, $3.25 million extension with the Braves.

8:37 AM: Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Red Sox have signed catcher David Ross to a two-year contract, pending a physical. Terms aren’t yet available.

Widely regarded as one of the best backup catchers in the game, Ross batted .256/.321/.449 with nine home runs, 23 RBI and a .770 OPS over 196 plate appearances with the Braves this season while throwing out 44 percent of attempted basestealers. The 35-year-old has 24 homers, 94 RBI and an .816 OPS in 663 plate appearances dating back to 2009.

As for Ross’ role with his new team, Rosenthal hears that the veteran backstop will be “more than a backup but not a starter.” Meanwhile, the signing provides the Red Sox with more flexibility to listen to trade offers for both Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway. The Braves had interest in keeping Ross, especially with Brian McCann coming off shoulder surgery, but they’ll now have to look elsewhere.

  1. Shafer's Dealer - Nov 10, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    That is a big loss for the Braves.
    Corky Miller is patiently waiting by the phone now….

  2. mrwillie - Nov 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM


    -Braves fan

  3. redsoxfan4life - Nov 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Sorry Ken, But the trade chip is Salty, not Lavarnway.

    • D.J. Short - Nov 10, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Updated with latest info. Thanks.

  4. proudlycanadian - Nov 10, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Memo to the Braves. The Jays have an extra backup catcher available to trade.

  5. papacrick - Nov 10, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    First good move the Sawx made in a hot minute

  6. uyf1950 - Nov 10, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Good signing by the Red Sox. Now the question is what about Salty? He made $2.5MM in 2012 and is arbitration eligible for the 2nd time in 2013.

    Lavarnway isn’t going to net the Red Sox much via a trade so is Salty the one that gets moved? If that’s the case Ross from everything I’ve seen isn’t a starter and obviously neither is Lavarnway. So it looks like the Red Sox may still be in the market for a starting catcher even after this deal.

    • drewsylvania - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      “obviously neither is Lavarnway.”


      • uyf1950 - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        Imagine you’re a GM for a rival MLB team. And Cherington contacted you about a possible trade involving Lavarnway. What would you be willing to give up for a guys with a line of:
        BA: .157
        OBP: .211
        OPS: .459
        And he threw out 10% of runners attempting to steal. Granted it’s on only about 170 PA +/- but still he provided no offense and couldn’t throw anyone out.
        Now would you be comfortable having him as your starting catcher for 2013? For me the answer is a pretty obvious. NO.

      • drewsylvania - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

        You’re balancing 209 career PA (none of that as a starter) versus five minor-league seasons in which he put up a composite .882 OPS?

      • uyf1950 - Nov 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        drew, all I’m saying is that based on his numbers with the big league club do you honestly believe he’s a starter for the 2013 season. And my response is no. I think I can say that because IF the Red Sox had confidence in him being their guy in 2013 they never would have gone out and signed Ross to a 2 year/$6.2MM deal ($3.1MM annually)? Just my opinion.

        As for his numbers in the minors that’s great, but the ML’s are not Double or even Triple A and there are countless players who had very nice minor league careers/numbers but were never more then role players in the big leagues.

  7. xpensivewinos - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    If the Red Sox can get anything for the human windmill, do it in now!

    Watching Saltalamacchia swing and miss virtually every pitch is mind-numbing. However, he at least makes up for it by being brutal defensively.

  8. kruegere - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    There’s the vLHP half of the platoon.

  9. drewsylvania - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Strongly suspect Salty will be the one traded. Lavarnway is cheap and a good prospect; Salty will start getting more expensive, has never had a good year, and at 27 isn’t likely to get better.

  10. bigleagues - Nov 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    It’s nice to have D-Ross back in the fold! And it would seem his stay will be longer this time. At the MLB level, he’s never played a game at any other position than C, so it will be interesting to see what the ‘more’ is. Perhaps some DH or 1B? Can’t imagine much more than that. Wild off-the-wall guess … player/catching coach?

    In any event, in my estimation, this is the surest sign yet that the Red Sox intend to sign Mike Napoli. In fact, I’ll bet those conversations have probably progressed to the point that the Sox know there is significant interest on Napoli’s part.

    Signing Ross is also a further encouraging sign of the return to the 2003/2004 philosophy – which included hedging bets by acquiring depth and using the resources on hand (available cash) to gain leverage in building the roster.

    In this case, get your back-up Catcher in place NOW only increases their options is what was already to be a very active Winter. If and when the Sox sign Napoli, then both Salty and Lavarnway become trade assets (Although the Sox would probably feel more comfortable holding onto Lavarnway at AAA this season).

  11. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM


    • cltjump - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      My thoughts exactly…

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