Free agent catcher, David Ross will join the Boston Red Sox next season, likely backing up Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the number two catcher on the depth chart. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the deal Ross will sign for two years, but the terms of the deal are not yet known.
Ross is one of the most productive veteran catchers around all of MLB and should bring a good clubhouse presence to Boston. He played in 62 regular season games for the Atlanta Braves last season, backing up catching sensation Brian McCann. He hit for a .256 batting average and also contributed nine home runs along with 23 runs batted in.
According to Rosenthal, Ross could be more than just a backup, but Boston’s plan for him is still unclear.
With the loss of Ross, Atlanta will likely need to fill another need at the catching position. Potential options include Miguel Olivo and Brian Schneider, who are both available on the free agent market. McCann will head into spring training following his offseason surgery and could use some time off every once in awhile.
With Ross under team control for two more years, Boston can now look to fill other wholes on their roster. The starting rotation is a priority and The Red Sox could potentially sign standout starting pitcher, Zach Greinke. Also, Boston has some wholes to fill in the outfield with Cody Ross hitting the free agent market. Although The Red Sox will attempt to retain Ross, their management could acquire a big name outfielder, possibly Josh Hamilton. Other options include former Philadelphia Phillies center-fielder, Shane Victorino.
This is the first of some major moves likely to occur in Boston this offseason.