Via Ken Rosenthal: Although the Yankees want to re-sign Russell Martin, the club has “long had interest” in free agent catcher David Ross. A starting catcher — Chris Stewart, Frankie Cervelli, and Austin Romine give the team three viable backup options — is a top priority this winter.
Ross, 35, has been the best backup catcher in baseball for several years now, hitting .269/.353/.463 (122 wRC+) with 24 homers for the Braves over the last four years. Therein lies the problem: he’s a backup. Ross hasn’t topped 200 plate appearances in a season since way back in 2007, and it’s impossible to know if he would maintain that level of production in a full-time role. I’d love to see the Yankees sign both Martin and Ross this winter, but Rosenthal says that’s unlikely to happen.