Report: Yankees have interest in David Ross

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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.

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  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)

    Not Buster Posey or Jorge Posada you say? Not worth it!!!!


    • Winter

      Honestly I don’t know why we even pay players whose numbers aren’t going to be retired.

      • jjyank

        No plaque in Monument Park means you don’t even get a penny.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Eduardo Nunez’s #26 is scheduled to be retired on June 5 2013.

          • Robinson Tilapia


  • Greg

    a 36 year old catcher who has never been a starter. Got to be kidding.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      If they are looking at him as a full time starter, yes.
      If they are looking at him as a massive upgrade at BUC with a chance to earn playing time away from whoever ends up as the starter, he make a ton of sense.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Certainly something to consider. While his numbers look very good, who knows if he’ll be exposed playing every day? Defensively thsi shuld be an issue, but could be at the plate. Probably too expensive to carry both he and Martin, but perhaps platooning with someone else if Martin doesn’t re-sign, this would be a good fit. But as jjyank points out, that someone could be tough to find.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        thsi shuld this shouldn’t be an issue


    • Ted Nelson

      They’re exploring their options. Ross and Soto are about the only real Cs I can think of on the market other than Martin… To have any leverage with Martin they need to have other options. If you’re negotiating with only one person, you’re not in a good position. “We’ll platoon Stewart and Cervelli, and hope Romine can contribute if his back holds up” is not really a credible threat.

  • Nick

    I’d have to think Ross would split time 50/50 with Romine if they brought him in.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)

      I don’t think Romine’s ready for the Majors, he missed a lot of time (if not all of this past season?) this year with back problems.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I worry about the back with Romine. Also would just need to see more in order to believe he could do better than Martin, even at his worst. Certainly possible, though.

      • JU

        Yea. He might come up and hit .200…

        • Ted Nelson

          Because BA is a measure of total offensive production and all…

          • Kosmo

            certainly not “total“ but a decent gauge nevertheless.

  • jjyank

    I’d love Ross if they could get someone capable of splitting time with him as well. But that might be pretty difficult.

    • FIPster Doofus

      If the MLB season were 30-40 games shorter, I’d suggest a Napoli/Ross duo, but alas…

  • FIPster Doofus

    Perfect. Ross and Montero can split ti … oh.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      1. They’re both right handed hitters, so there’s no natural platoon split.
      2. Jesus caught 55 games last year. If that’s what a last place team thinks of his defense, it’s kind of hard to see how a contending team can let him catch except in an emergency.

      • FIPster Doofus

        I never said there was a natural platoon split, but neither is capable of catching anywhere near a full season.

  • Bartolo Colon

    I used to backup the backup Catcher in little league. They can trade for me!!

    I can give A-Roid some steroids!

  • Rich in NJ

    Ross for one year makes far more sense than Martin for more than one.

  • Travis L.

    Honestly, I look at what Cervelli did the last year he was with the Yankees and I think using him and Ross, would be a cheap and effective platoon behind the plate. Just keep an open mind…I’m too lazy to look up advanced stats, so someone do it for me! LOL. What would the Yankees look like at that position if they went that route? Remember, $189 million…Ross (1 year) and Cervelli (3/4 years?) would certainly allow the Yankees to use money elsewhere for upgrades if need be.

  • Steve S

    Would they go with three catchers? Ross, Cervelli, and Stewart?

  • Jonathan

    My Dad’s name is David Ross and played for the Yankees in the 60’s before he tore his shoulder up (back then if you tore your shoulder up badly enough that was it and obviously even today that’s still true). Still he got a chance to play a few games with Mickey at the end of his career. He was also a catcher so it would be incredibly cool to see another David Ross catching for the Yankees. Proof is in the draft results below.

  • Paco Dooley

    I would prefer that the Yankees find a mediocre backup catcher that they can trade a decent bullpen arm for.

  • Wayne

    Romine’s career is done! If you have back problems already and you’re a catcher. If he makes it he is going to have to change positions.

  • FreeAgentSignee

    I agree Mike.
    Do not get a deal David, Yankees.
    Get a deal Russell, Yankees.