Via Nick Cafardo: The Yankees were one of several teams to make two contract offers to free agent catcher David Ross this offseason. We heard they had interest back in November, but they were waiting on Russell Martin’s decision when he decided to sign with the Red Sox.
Ross, 36, has emerged as the best backup catcher in baseball over the last few years, hitting .269/.353/.463 (122 wRC+) while throwing out 39.8% of attempting base-stealers from 2009-2012. He’s hitting .194/.206/.419 (88 wRC+) with a 36.4% throw-out rate in only 72 plate appearances this season while missing time with a concussion following a foul-tip. Ross would have been a really great get for the Yankees regardless of who filled the other catching slot.