“It was a great ride,” Ross said of the Cubs’ postseason run. “It’s more sad we didn’t play well and [the Mets] played great. A lot of positives as I look back, but thought we had a legit chance at the World Series. I really wanted to get [Jon] Lester and [Jake] Arrieta another start.”
Ross has never been known for his bat, but he still had a rough season even by those depressed standards. The veteran slashed .176/.267/.252 across 182 plate appearances on the year. However, the Cubs likely value Ross more for his defensive skills, veteran leadership, and his ability to work with the team’s pitchers when called upon. If the Cubs do not trade or release Ross, he’ll likely return to the team to serve as Miguel Montero’s understudy. Meanwhile, the Cubs are still unsure of their future plans for Kyle Schwarber, who could wind up in the outfield or behind the plate.
Ross inked a two-year, $5MM deal with Chicago in December of 2014. The signing, presumably, was made in part because of Ross’ history with Lester.