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The Red Sox have signed catcher David Ross to a two-year deal worth $6.2 million. According to Ken Rosenthal, Ross will be “more than a backup but not a starter” with the Red Sox in 2013.
David Ross has established himself as one of the better backup catchers in baseball. Last year with the Braves, the 35-year-old Ross hit .256/.321/.449 with nine HRs. Against lefties, he hit .241/.307/.405 with 4 HRs. While not overwhelming, his numbers against lefties were better than current starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Salty hit .170/.211/.283 with 1 HR against lefties (while batting righty), so Ross could figure to see at-bats against lefties. Overall, though, Salty had the best offensive season of his career, hitting .222/.288/.454 with 25 home runs in 125 games.
Ross briefly played for the Red Sox in 2008, hitting 1-for-8 (.125) with three strikeouts.
As for Ryan Lavarnway, this could mean he gets even more seasoning in Pawtucket. Or, if the Red Sox fail to sign a competent first baseman, they could rotate Salty and Lavarnway (with others) at that position.
What do you think of the David Ross signing?