Ross was the backup to Braves catcher Brian McCann for the past four seasons. This will be David Ross' second stint with the Red Sox, playing for them briefly during the 2008 season, after being released by the Cincinnati Reds.
Rosenthal said Ross will be “more than a backup but not a starter.” The Red Sox already have veteran Jarrod Saltalamacchia and youngster Ryan Lavarnway on the roster, with Lavarnway presumably the catcher of the future.
Since signing with the Braves, Ross appeared in 227 games and maintained a .269 batting average – slightly above his career splits of .238/.324/.444.
The loss of Ross particularly stings due to the offseason surgery of McCann. The Braves were expecting Ross to fill the gap if McCann would miss any time while going through therapy on his injured shoulder. He was an asset behind the plate, often receiving high praise for the way he handled younger pitchers. It leaves a tremendous hole in the roster; probably one that will have to be filled from outside the organization. The Braves allowed their third catcher, J.P. Boscan to file for free agency at the end of the season, and only have 21-year old Christian Bethancourt, who has never played above Double-A, on the 40 man roster.
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