Dave Ross Rumors

Week In Review: 8/10 – 8/16

Taking a look back at this week’s happenings here on MLBTR…

Dave Ross Designated

In an effort to try out more young players, the Reds designated catcher Dave Ross for assignment yesterday.  Ross had already cleared waivers.

The 31 year-old backstop hit .231/.381/.366 in 173 plate appearances this year.  He flashed prodigious power in ’06, but not much since then.  Ross threw out 29% of attempted basestealers this year and 41% in ’07.

Arroyo Off The Market

First A.J. Burnett, now Bronson ArroyoAccording to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Reds have informed other teams that Arroyo unavailable.  Arroyo’s contract was causing unsatisfactory offers.

The Reds are pretty quiet all around.  MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon says offers for Adam Dunn, David Weathers, Dave Ross, and Jeremy Affeldt have been unimpressive.

Marlins Inquire On Ivan Rodriguez

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes of the Marlins’ pursuit of a catcher, which has been going on for several weeks now.

The Fish would like to find an upgrade on Matt Treanor, who is currently on the DL with a hip strain.  However, they’re not impressed by available backstops Paul Lo Duca, Yorvit Torrealba, and Dave Ross.  Jackson adds an interesting name – the Marlins asked the Tigers about Ivan Rodriguez, but he’s not available at this time.  They could always sign him in the offseason if the price is right.

We revisited the trade market for catchers about a week ago.  Two names I haven’t heard much for the Marlins are Gregg Zaun and Rod Barajas of the Jays.

Reds Rumors: Weathers, Ross, Harang, Dunn

Time for a look at the Reds.  They’re currently 11.5 games back in the NL Central and 8 out of the wild card.

  • You might imagine the Reds are sellers, but GM Walt Jocketty won’t commit yet.  The Reds’ current road trip against division foes may be the deciding factor. 
  • Jocketty says he’s been getting more phone calls since the CC Sabathia trade.  Apparently interest has centered on reliever David Weathers and catcher Dave Ross.  The Marlins could make sense for both, though they’re only said to have interest in Ross.  The Fish are eager to snare a backstop, and are put off by Yorvit Torrealba‘s salary.
  • On July 3rd, ESPN’s Jayson Stark said the Reds would accept bids on Aaron Harang.  He cautioned that the Reds would have to be bowled over.  Jocketty, however, downplayed the idea of a Harang trade.  And with Harang possibly hurt, a trade is even less likely.
  • Why is there no buzz on Adam Dunn yet?  It might be because Dunn "hasn’t yet been made available," according to Will Carroll.  I still think interest in Dunn will heat up in coming weeks.  Joel Sherman wonders if the Reds would be hesitant to offer Dunn arbitration after the season for fear that he might accept.  That could reduce the asking price.

Marlins Interested In David Ross

According to Pete Pelegrin and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins are eyeing Reds’ catcher Dave Ross.  They say the Fish are "less interested" in Yorvit Torrealba, Paul Lo Duca, and Miguel Olivo.

Ross, 31, is hitting .239/.364/.337 in 114 plate appearances this year.  He hasn’t hit for power outside of GAB in recent years.  Ross is able to shut down the running game.  He makes $2.525MM this year and has a $3.5MM club option for ’09 with a $375K buyout.  The Marlins could also consider Reds catcher Paul Bako.