Braves Not Shopping David Ross

The Braves have denied that they are shopping backup catcher David Ross. Alden Gonzalez of tweets that Bobby Cox says there's no way the Braves would be trying to trade Ross, and in a tweet from David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, GM Frank Wren concurs: "That [rumor] made no sense whatsoever."

We heard yesterday that the the Braves may be looking to swap Ross in a deal for "a younger backup-catcher type."

Wren says (O'Brien Twitter link) that the depth of the Braves' bench is an aspect of the team they like most. Trading Ross would compromise the quality of their bench. The 33-year-old hit .273/.380/.508 with seven homers in 151 plate appearances for Atlanta last year, serving as Brian McCann's backup.