Re: The value of David Ross
posted at 3/18/2013 9:00 AM EDT
In response to Beantowne's comment:
In response to snakeoil123's comment:
Ross is thought of as a very good defensive catcher. I have always wondered why he has never had more of a chance to play.
Because starting in youth select ball if you hit you play.
That said, his addition should help Salty stay fresh over the grind of a full season and serve to help mentor his as well.
Compare these career statistics of Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ross:
JS 1733 PA, 64 HR, .239/.302/.418/.720, OPS+ 89
DR 1970 PA, 84 HR, .238/.324/.444/.769, OPS+ 100
And the stats of the 27-year-old Saltalamacchia in his two-plus years in Boston and for the 36-year-old Ross in his recent four years in Atlanta:
JS 859 PA, 41 HR, .226/.290/.449/.739, OPS+ 95
DR 663 PA, 24 HR, .269/.353/.463/.816, OPS+ 119
The Red Sox could be well-served if the Sox could get 120 starts from David Ross, who probably represents the best offseason acquisition.