Wednesday night the Boston Red Sox announced the official signing of catcher David Ross to a two-year deal worth $6.2 million. Ross was in Boston for a physical this week before anything could be finalized but the deal was reached over the weekend.
Ross played for the Atlanta Braves last season for his 11th in the major leagues. He played 62 games with a batting average of .256, had nine home runs and 23 RBIs. Atlanta also went 54-35 in his starts over the past two years. This is the best winning percentage for an NL catcher with at least 65 starts.
In his 11 season career, Ross has batted .238 with 84 home runs and 248 RBIs. He played briefly for the Sox in 2008 but has been with the Braves for the last four years.
Last season, Ross batted as Brian McCann’s backup on the Braves. One source claims that Ross will be “more than a backup but not a starter” for the Red Sox.
The addition of Ross gives the Red Sox three catchers. This could lead to either Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Ryan Lavarnway getting traded. The intentions of the Red Sox are unclear as of now.