Braves, David Ross Agree On Two-Year Extension

3:28pm: Ross will make $1.625MM in 2011 and the same amount in 2012, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution (via Twitter). That's a total of $3.25MM for the two seasons. Rosenthal reports (via Twitter) that Ross can earn $300K more through incentives. The catcher makes $50K for starting 50 games behind the plate and earns an additional $50K when he reaches 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 starts. 

12:05pm: The Braves agreed to a two-year extension with catcher David Ross worth more than $3MM, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Ross would've been eligible for free agency after this season, as he's finishing up a two-year, $3MM deal signed in December of '08.

Ross has done a fine job as Brian McCann's backup in Atlanta, hitting .272/.378/.447 over 244 plate appearances.  The 33-year-old has also gunned down almost half of attempted base-stealers.


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36 Comments on "Braves, David Ross Agree On Two-Year Extension"


5 years 1 month ago

Great signing. Best backup catcher in the league.

5 years 1 month ago

My exact thought.

penpaper
5 years 1 month ago

I’ll have to agree with you there. Is there a more perfect back up? I think not.

Bravesmaniac
5 years 1 month ago

wow, i am curious what the deal is because ross is better than 75% of the starters in the league. ross/mcann is hands down the best catcher platoon in baseball

Brad426
5 years 1 month ago

Great signing for the Braves, curious for Ross… I bet he could get more money and start somewhere. Not complaining, though.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 1 month ago

He most certainly could get more money elsewhere. Sounds like he traded stability for the money, staying with an organization he knows. Not a bad move for a 33 year old. He’s been a fine addition to the Braves.

scottandwtb
5 years 1 month ago

Sounds like he’s a great guy to have in the clubhouse too from all I’ve read.

bravesfan101
5 years 1 month ago

Awesome news! Glad to hear we wont have to worry about Catcher for another 2 years, so good to have a back up catcher who we can rely on.

bravesfan101
5 years 1 month ago

And the news just keeps getting better, I’ll take Ross for 2 years at 1.625m a year, that a steal if you ask me.

coolstorybro222
5 years 1 month ago

Now that’s a deal I can get behind.

one of the best clutch guys in the game.

Brandon Woodworth
5 years 1 month ago

Great signing.

Brad426
5 years 1 month ago

Interesting stat (to me, at least)… one of the real strengths for the Braves this year has been the bench. Looking into the money side of it, that shouldn’t be surprising:

The bench of Diaz ($2.55M), Infante ($2.23M), Ross ($1.6M), Hinske ($1M), and Conrad ($400K) make a combined $7.78M this year.

McCann ($5.7M), Prado ($440K), Heyward ($400K), Hanson ($435K), and Jurrjens ($480K) make a combined $7.46M.

I guess when your stars are all young, cheap players you can pay a little extra to keep guys like Ross on your team.

Braves2014Champs
5 years 1 month ago

what are u talking about ‘pay a little extra’? Players are overpaid these days and ross prolly took a pay cut to stay with a good winning team how is ‘just over 3 mil’ a little extra? If they could afford it they should pay him closer to 5 mil for two years for the hard work, dedication and like everyone else said best back up catcher in the league that could start for a number of teams.

Brad426
5 years 1 month ago

Whatchyou talking bout? I wonder how many mid-market teams pay their back-up catcher $1.6M/year.

Braves2014Champs
5 years 1 month ago

how many mid market teams have a back up as good as ross

Brad426
5 years 1 month ago

I think you may have missed my point.

timmytwoshoezzz
5 years 1 month ago

Cincinnati has Ryan Hanigan, line of .311/.425/.425. He’s very good defensively as well.

Agree though that Ross is a good player for the Braves. This signing is a win for David and the Braves.

Brad426
5 years 1 month ago

Allow me to answer my own question: at the start of the season there were 3 back-up catchers making more than Ross (and that is if you count Varitek as the back-up to V-Mart, which may be iffy since V-Mart was mostly DH’ing… the other two were Snyder in Arizona and Olivo in Colorado).

In addition, there were 10 teams who had starters making less than $1.6M.

Braves2014Champs
5 years 1 month ago

riigghtt…and so you’re saying that they ‘payed a little extra’ when ross is prolly better than all of them? Either you meant payed more than other backups or u meant payed more than he is worth…either way i think you’re wrong becasue he’s better than the other back ups and is worth every penny

Brad426
5 years 1 month ago

Actually what I am saying is you missed the point (and missed it at least twice). I’m saying the Braves, or any mid-market team, usually would not be in a positon to pay the back-up catcher more than 33% of the starters in the league make but because they are getting such good value from guys like Heyward, Prado, Hanson, Jurrjens and the like they can pay for a better-than-average bench.

Now stop acting like I am dogging on Ross when I was one of the first people tp praise the deal.

bravescountry
5 years 1 month ago

Olivo is better than ross

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

They will also be paying Kawakami $7.5M and McLouth $7M next year, so these things tend to even out.

Brandon Woodworth
5 years 1 month ago

actually, it’s $6.67 and $6.5, respectively.

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

not according to Cot’s.

scottandwtb
5 years 1 month ago

Great stuff. I was wondering just last week if Wren would try and resign Ross.

roberty
5 years 1 month ago

I love Ross. I have been a little worried that his contract is up at the end of the year, I don’t know what we would do without him. Great re-signing!

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

If he could start – he would. He’s been in the majors for 9 years and played for 6 teams and has never been able to become a regular. I think he’s getting good money for a backup catcher.

5 years 1 month ago

Ross is sort of being wasted as a pure backup. The guy absolutely kills lefties. Some team without an All-Star starting C should have snagged him away from the Braves, pared him with someone, and had themselves a cheap, no-name 850 OPS platoon pair.

Braves2014Champs
5 years 1 month ago

you dont always get to pick your role…besides not only is he a backup which obviously means he doesnt play every day, but hes consistent with both the glove and the bat and pretty good with them too…I’m not overglorifying him or anything just sayin

abravesfan
5 years 1 month ago

Good extension. He is the only Ross that we need (not that the Fish are likely to move Cody now that Couglin is hurt).

Braves2014Champs
5 years 1 month ago

gotta agree with that i wouldve been mad had they traded for Cody

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
5 years 1 month ago

yay … Love to hear Cox say ” come on Rossey ” ” that a boy rossey” lol love it

bravescountry
5 years 1 month ago

when are the braves going to get rid of mcclouth

5 years 1 month ago

A few hours ago

5 years 1 month ago

He’s now the most expensive centerfielder in AAA.

Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

Until GMJ gets picked up again and put back in AAA.