Red Sox To Sign David Ross

8:28pm: It's a two-year, $6.2MM contract, tweets Rosenthal.

7:49am: The Red Sox have agreed to sign catcher David Ross to a two-year contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The deal is still pending a physical. Ross is a Sports One Athlete Management client.

Uspw_6106010Over the last four seasons, the 35-year-old Ross has established himself as the best hitting backup catcher in baseball. He hit .269/.353/.463 with the Braves during that time, including .256/.321/.449 with nine homers in 196 plate appearances this year. Thanks in part to the presence of Brian McCann, Ross has not come to the plate even 200 times in a single season since 2007. He played with the Red Sox very briefly in 2008.

Rosenthal hears that Ross will be "more than a backup but not a starter" with Boston (Twitter link). The Red Sox already have Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway behind the plate, but the former hit just .170/.211/.283 against left-handers this year while the latter hit .157/.211/.248 overall in 166 late season plate appearances. Ross gives them a platoon partner for Salty while Lavarnway could continue to refine his game in Triple-A. As a right-handed hitter, Ross should benefit from playing in Fenway Park.

MLBTR's Tim Dierkes did not rank Ross on his Top 50 Free Agents list. The backstop earned $1.625MM in each of the last two seasons, and he did not receive a qualifying offer from Atlanta. The Red Sox won't have to forfeit a draft pick to sign him. McCann may miss the start of next year following his offseason shoulder surgery, so the Braves will have to find a capable replacement for Ross.

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106 Comments on "Red Sox To Sign David Ross"


Fleer Carll
2 years 9 months ago

Wren, how could you let this happen?

Lamar Smith
2 years 9 months ago

I don’t know, but as a Red Sox fan I am glad he did.

rundmc1981
2 years 9 months ago

$$$. No, I don’t necessarily agree with it, but he’d make more in these next 2 years than he did in 4 years in ATL. Maybe this is time to try out Evan Gattis in a limited role.

Fleer Carll
2 years 9 months ago

Apparently, Ross left because Wren was only willing to offer one year.

rundmc1981
2 years 9 months ago

I don’t doubt that, but if rumors from the trade reactions indicate – ATL has been looking at other backup catchers knowing Ross would be heavily courted – Ross’ label as being the best backup in MLB is finally reaping him the financial benefits. Just sad it’s not with ATL.

wrongway
2 years 9 months ago

Huh? 2 years? David Ross? What are theses guys doin?

XanderCrews
2 years 9 months ago

Being super smart.

Ben_Cherington
2 years 9 months ago

You are doing it the WRONGWAY

rundmc1981
2 years 9 months ago

That’s nothing on the best backup in MLB. Trust me, you’re going to wish you signed him to a 3-year deal towards the end of the contract with how much he lifts your young catchers and pitchers. I’d pay a cool million for his clubhouse attitude and teaching abilities alone.

2 years 9 months ago

So I guess either Salty or Lavarnway are toast? I wasn’t impressed with Lavarnway at all.

2 years 9 months ago

Long term I don’t think many view Lavarnway as a catcher.

2 years 9 months ago

I gotta believe he will back up Salty (and probably improve him as well). No matter how you slice this, it is a blow to the Braves.

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

Someone who rakes an entire MiLB career, finally catches the duration of a season and is tired in 1 month (september) is determined to be nothing by the bandwagon fandom that surrounds Boston?

How typical…

DerekJeterDan
2 years 9 months ago

Good move by Boston. David Ross is a phenomenal backup catcher to have.

Fleer Carll
2 years 9 months ago

Best backup C in the game.

DerekJeterDan
2 years 9 months ago

Like others have said, now Boston has a log jam at Catcher. I suspect one of Lavarnway or Saltalamacchia to be traded. Salty is the one I’d hold onto but his days in Boston seem numbered now.

sebalion
2 years 9 months ago

some have agreed with you dan, but Lavarnway will be at AAA this year i think….he needs to work on his hitting and if either go down with injuries he’ll be ready to step in. glad to see boston sign a defensive catcher, but who knows…saltyls stock is up after smacking all those homers so maybe if the trade happens he’ll be gone…..no doubt there will be a lot of moves for the sox so anything is possible.

dylanp5030
2 years 9 months ago

For the money, I think I’ll take Eric Kratz. (not saying he’s the best in the league, but making minimum and getting 9 HRs in 150 ABs is not shabby). Plus he has an absolute cannon.

gradylittle
2 years 9 months ago

Good signing but this most likely means that Lavarnway is either gone or possibly being moved to first?

Kevin
2 years 9 months ago

I would venture to guess that Salty is more likely to be gone, his stock is probably higher than it used to be and this move will give Lavarnway more time to play to get accustomed to the pitching staff.

chowdah219
2 years 9 months ago

I would think Lav because of being younger, more years of control with a lot of potential…

John Barney
2 years 9 months ago

I would think he’s going to Pawtucket for the year. Either way, not a bad signing at all!

soxin10
2 years 9 months ago

We need pitching , possibly two outfielders, possibly a shortstop, and more pitching so we sign a catcher. I am not sure who is going, Salty or Lavernway, but if it is Lavernway, they did not give him much of a chance. Pedroia had a brutal first showing as well.

2 years 9 months ago

I’m guessing they are just putting the pieces in place to make a larger deal. Just be patient

soxin10
2 years 9 months ago

Good point, I think that would imply Salty?

Ben_Cherington
2 years 9 months ago

Im thinking Ellsbury and Salty to Texas for Holland and Cruz. Possibly Andrus! (more pieces would be involved)

*We all need to note this comment so I can say i told you so*

EarlyMorningBoxscore
2 years 9 months ago

Get on the horn Ben! Make it happen.

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

Texas gave Salty away after asking originally for the moon. Have a hard time thinking they will give anything up for him now after Boston fixed as many of his issues as possible over the last year and a half.

I’d still like to see him moved. Hard time seeing his numbers improve.. he is what he is.. A S/H who can barely hit from the RH side and swings for the fences or misses the ball entirely.

Good thing he is adequate behind the plate or he’d be a backup and also catching is as bad as it is around the league.

Ben_Cherington
2 years 9 months ago

Doesnt matter that he was there before or not, what matters is that he is better now and a legit 20 hr power SH catcher and would represent an offensive upgrade for the Rangers.

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

I think it does. Ryan started out demanding Bucholz and was turned down.. He thought he had multiple AS catchers in Salty, Teagarden and Ramirez, none panned out there and Salty developed problems that had to be fixed by Gary Tuck even.

Ryan is a proud person and isn’t going to give up much more than the band of castoffs Boston gave up to get him in the 1st place, especially when he could have had Bard originally as was offered before Boston messed him up attempting to convert him into a SP as bard was a legitimate setup guy then.

Teams generally don’t like to make mistakes.. It was telling of Ryan even as a player.

EightMileCats
2 years 9 months ago

I don’t think the rangers would give up Andrus for Ells straight up. They wouldn’t trade him for Upton Who has a better injury track record and a similar stat line. And salty isn’t gonna net you Cruz and Holland either

MaineSox
2 years 9 months ago

It’s Lavarnway, and there’s not way of knowing what they’re going to do at the catcher’s spot yet. Also, just because they need those other things more, doesn’t mean they didn’t need a good defensive backup catcher, and the fact that they signed him doesn’t mean they aren’t focused on those other things.

thekidfromyesterday
2 years 9 months ago

This is not good

erm016
2 years 9 months ago

Damn it. We’re gonna miss you Ross.

2 years 9 months ago

Farewell Boss, it was awesome seeing you crush lefties and gun down runners. Suddenly the Braves seem rather slim at catcher considering McCann’s health concerns and Bethancourt’s anemic bat.

erm016
2 years 9 months ago

I’m disappointed they let him leave. You give him what he’s asking for. Him and Prado.

2 years 9 months ago

I just hope they’re not pinching pennies in an attempt to sign Josh Hamilton…

CT
2 years 9 months ago

I’d be ok with that.

2 years 9 months ago

If he could be had for something like 4 years, $80M I’d be fine with it. But since that’s not all that possible, I think it’s best the Braves stay away from him.

rundmc1981
2 years 9 months ago

You and 10 other teams that would deal with his diva.

2 years 9 months ago

Who will play LF for the 40 games Hamilton misses every year? Signing Hamilton and eating up 1/5 of the payroll for 4+ years is an awful idea

2 years 9 months ago

He hits righties just as well as lefties just so people are aware.

chowdah219
2 years 9 months ago

Was hoping they would sign him. Lav needs another year in AAA to get as many AB’s and innings behind the plate as possible, which cant do in Boston.
Either that or 1 of Lav/salty will be traded soon.

Ben_Cherington
2 years 9 months ago

Wonder if this could be a precursor to the Ellsbury plus lavarnway/Salty package?

stl_cards16
2 years 9 months ago

Shouldn’t you know, Ben?

Ben_Cherington
2 years 9 months ago

I do know! Im just giving you guys some tidbits if info!

johnsmith4
2 years 9 months ago

It looks like Boston is reloading instead of rebuilding. After 2013, Saltalamacchio is a free agent.

gradylittle
2 years 9 months ago

We sign a back up catcher and suddenly we aren’t rebuilding anymore?

bigpat
2 years 9 months ago

all in!!!

johnsmith4
2 years 9 months ago

From my vantage point, it appears Lavarnaway will be optioned in 2013. I won’t tell you can take it to the bank. But, you can’t tell me what I am suggesting is baseless.

gradylittle
2 years 9 months ago

Well we’ll have to see what their next moves are. If they sign a guy like Tori Hunter like many people are speculating they might, then I will have to agree with what you are saying. But signing a guy like Ross, a great back up catcher and what many consider a great clubhouse guy is just a good signing, especially for a team like the Red Sox.

jmcbosox
2 years 9 months ago

speculators be speculatin!

ugotrpk3113
2 years 9 months ago

Saltalamacchio? Is Geppetto his agent?

CT
2 years 9 months ago

This is disappointing. Who is going to catch with McCann out to start the season?

melonis_rex
2 years 9 months ago

the braves can always sign a different backup catcher.

Ben_Cherington
2 years 9 months ago

Ill trade your Salty!

rundmc1981
2 years 9 months ago

Evan Gattis…he’s not as defensively-gifted as Bethancourt by any means, but he is more so than McCann. Gattis’ is getting back his production after recovering from a wrist injury (hit by pitch) – which Bethancourt has been recovering from late last season. Gattis has also been working out in LF and considering his bat is his specialty, he could move to a OF reserve role on a limited basis when McCann returns.

2 years 9 months ago

It either means they’re gonna convert Lavarnway to OF or put him in a package.

AZME
2 years 9 months ago

Little money for a solid option. Maybe they will work with Lavarnway at 1B at AAA to give us additional options.

Jwick22
2 years 9 months ago

This guy never should have reached free agency. Im sure if wren offered a fair contract mid season ross would have taking it.

Ben_Cherington
2 years 9 months ago

Glad we signed the right Ross!

Patrick
2 years 9 months ago

Braves just lost the best backup catcher in the league and one of the best clubhouse guys. This sucks.

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

Next best backup total package and probably the best defensive FA catcher of the off season that was available is still out there in Shoppach.

Got a feeling he is also looking for far more playing time than he got last year also, like Ross, so he might be tough to sign for just a couple hundred PA.

Was kind of shocked to see Ross sign for 3m AAV, figured Shoppach might even get that much for his defensive skill set/arm combo and power.

2 years 9 months ago

Another Boston mistake. 2 years for a 36 year old back-up catcher?

EarlyMorningBoxscore
2 years 9 months ago

Is he one of the best backup catchers in the game still. Plus it could mean that Salty or Lavy are on their way out in a trade for some more help. It is a good signing.

2 years 9 months ago

This is actually a good signing.

2 years 9 months ago

Perhaps if people keep saying it “is a good signing” they’ll really believe it.

EarlyMorningBoxscore
2 years 9 months ago

Or perhaps if you looked at the facts you’d realize it is a good signing. Regardless of who is starting they can learn from Ross. Plus he mashes lefties. On top of that the influx of people calling it a good deal. All signs point to this being a good deal.

2 years 9 months ago

Perhaps not.

OptimusSmoltz
2 years 9 months ago

As a Braves fan, Ross is a great clubhouse presence and more than solid backup C. For me, it’s a bad signing simply because of the team name on the contract…sorry to see him go.

Plus, even at 36, you can DH him every so often to keep his bat in against lefties.

sebalion
2 years 9 months ago

its a low risk deal Raymond and the guy has proven himself as one of the best back-up catchers out there……if it doesnt pan out no one will be losing sleep over it

Lamar Smith
2 years 9 months ago

Raymond, Do you even have a clue to as what you’re talking about? A) 3mill for a backup catcher of his caliber is a great move. B) He rakes against lefties and isn’t too shabby vs right handers. C) He still can throw out runners and D) He will be able to help with the young pitchers on the the team.

2 years 9 months ago

Yes, I believe I have a clue.

vtadave
2 years 9 months ago

Fortunately this is America and yo can believe that. Anyway, solid signing that won’t exactly prevent the team from making other moves.

2 years 9 months ago

Yo, I do believe it, and I feel fortunate every day that I live in America, the greatest country in the world.

Casey McMahon
2 years 9 months ago

This could be one of the biggest offseason moves. Considering the Platoon Splits they have a combined all star calibre production guaranteed

John Barney
2 years 9 months ago

Not a bad move at all. One of two things could happen here as a result. 1 – Salty and Ross play out the year, with Lavarnway going to Pawtucket, or 2 – Salty is gone, and Lavarnway and Ross are the 2 backstops, with Ross getting most of the time. What’s Salty’s contract look like?

gradylittle
2 years 9 months ago

What about Lavarnway being dealt as part of some type of package. I think that’s a real possibility here.

gson
2 years 9 months ago

Rumors have been proffered between the Indians and the Red Sox. Everything from a simple one for type trade to a multitude of offerings. Players discussed include Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-soo Choo, Justin Masterson and others. The Indians are supposedly looking for “prospects” in return, so, this could work for the Sawx..