By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Ross is expected to be ‘more than a backup but not a starter.’ The 35-year-old spent the 2012 season as a backup with the Braves behind Brian McCann.
With this transaction, Ross returns to the Red Sox. He played briefly with the team during the 2008 season.
When he was with the Red Sox, he was the backup behind Jason Varitek. During his tenure, he had a .125 batting average with one hit in eight games with the team.
Ross joins a team that went 69-92 in 2012. Jarrod Saltalamacchia – who is arbitration eligible – started a 104 games for the Red Sox during the 2012 season.
His backups were Kelly Shoppach, Ryan Lavarnway, and Guillermo Quiroz. With Ross now in the picture, Shoppach, Lavarnway, or Quiroz will be on the move.
Lavarnway would be the team’s best option to trade. He has more value than Shoppach and Quiroz.
Saltalamacchia had a .222 batting average with 25 home runs and 59 RBIs in 121 games. He also had 17 doubles and one triple in 405 at-bats.
The veteran Ross had a .321 batting average with nine home runs and 23 RBIs in 62 games this past season. He had seven doubles and 45 hits in 176 at-bats.
The 35-year-old will also be asked to mentor Saltalamacchia. Despite being an older player, he is not a liability with the bat.
The nine home runs were the most since the 2008 season when he had 13 home runs. He has had 23 RBIs in the past two seasons.
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