Red Sox make it official with David Ross

The Red Sox on Wednesday night announced the signing of catcher David Ross after he passed his physical. Ross agreed to terms on Saturday on a two-year, $6.2 million deal.

Ross, 35, appeared in eight games for the Sox in 2008 before joining the Atlanta Braves for four seasons. He hit .256 with nine home runs last season.

The Red Sox did not make general manager Ben Cherington available for comment. But the addition of Ross gives the Sox three catchers and could lead to either Ryan Lavarnway or Jarrod Saltalamacchia getting traded.

Two interesting statistics from the Red Sox release:


• The Braves were 54-35 in the 89 games Ross started the last two seasons, the best winning percentage for any National League catcher with at least 65 starts.

• Atlanta pitchers had a 3.33 earned run average with Ross behind the plate the last four years, the best four-year stretch in the majors for a catcher going back to 1998.

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