Ross confirms that he has agreed to two-year deal with the Red Sox
Add backup catcher to the Braves’ list of offseason needs. David Ross confirmed early Saturday morning that he has agreed to a two-year deal with the Red Sox. The agreement is pending a physical.
Financial details were not revealed. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report this agreement.
Regarded by many as the game’s top backup catcher, Ross entered this year’s thin free-agent market with the desire to land a two-year deal. He said that he never gained a sense that the Braves were going to provide him what he was seeking.
With starting catcher Brian McCann likely to miss at least the first two weeks of the 2013 season while recovering from shoulder surgery, the Braves will need to find a backup catcher who they can confidently utilize as a starting catcher during the early portion of the season.
The only catcher that could be deemed Major League ready in the Braves’ system is Christian Bethancourt, who could undoubtedly benefit from the opportunity to continue enhancing his offensive skills at the Minor League level. Evan Gattis has positioned himself for a potential call to the Majors next year. But Gattis’ defensive shortcomings as a catcher led the Braves to begin playing him in left field this past summer.
Gerald Laird, Brian Schneider, Rod Barajas, Miguel Olivo, Kelly Shoppach, Ronny Paulino and Matt Treanor are among the other free agent catchers who should draw attention from clubs seeking to add a veteran backup catcher.
Ross hit .269 with 24 homers and a .816 OPS during his four seasons with the Braves. He was one of the most beloved and respected figures within the clubhouse. His leadership skills and ability to handle the pitching staff will be missed.