Ross agrees to two-year deal with Sox
The Boston Red Sox have reached an agreement with one of the best backup catchers in baseball.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, David Ross and the Red Sox reached a two-year, $6.2 million free-agent contract on Saturday. Ross briefly played with the Red Sox during the 2008 season after he signed with Boston in late August. This came after the Cincinnati Reds released Ross.
At the end of the 2008 seasons, the Sox allowed Ross to become a free agent, at which point he signed with the Braves.
Ross will serve as “more than a backup but not a starter,” according to one major-league sources. Rosenthal points out that Boston’s plans are not clear.
“The Sox could move one of their current catchers, Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Ryan Lavarnway,” Rosenthal worte.
During the 2012 season, Ross batted .256 with a .770 OPS in 196 at-bats. He served as Brian McCann’s backup catcher. This leaves the Braves in an interesting situation as they will need to find another catcher. Last month, McCann had surgery to repair a torn labrum. McCann is expected to come back to baseball in the first month of the 2013 season.