Re: Red Sox sign David Ross to two year deal
posted at 11/10/2012 2:02 PM EST
In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to SonicsMonksLyresVicars' comment:
YES!!!! I wanted this guy signed to back salty up...Looks like Lav will either start the year in AAA or 1 of Lav/Salty will soon be part of a trade.
Since Ross is a RHH catcher, I think Salty will be here in 2013.
Good call Southpaw. I am glad that the Sox signed a veteran back up catcher who is supposedly defensively oriented. According to his scouting report, he has good pitch calling skills, although I'm not sure how accurate that is. He does have a great arm though, for those who are overly concerned with controlling the running game.
It looks like the Sox will be going with a Salty/Ross tandem, which I can live with. What the plans are for Lavarnway is anybody's guess.
The contract is a little steep, IMO. However, according to Fangraphs WAR over the past years, he will be well worth $3 mil a year.
Braves fans are pretty upset over this. Ross crushes LHP and plays a solid D. Hes also a great clubhouse guy from all reports. Great move by BC!
Ross' career and 2012 OPS is higher against RHP than LHP.
Salty and Kelly compared to Ross and Salty hasn't improved our club trust me. Lav will do very well in a year or two just like Reddick.
It has improved in the fact that Lav will get the playing time he needs in AAA, and Salty will have a mentor that can help him improve. Theres no way Lav should be the starter in MLB in 2013...Ross has a better arm than Shop and he frames pitches better. That, and pitchers have all said they love throwing to him. His cs%, for those that love that stat, is north of 40%. So I guess it would be an improvement.
After next year they can re evaluate the catching situation again and make a decision.