Jun
13

Cafardo: Yankees made two offers to David Ross

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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.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League

13 Comments»

  1. trr says:

    Ah! He’d have been (almost) perfect.
    This one looks like it actually mighy have been Cashman fail…

    • D$1184 says:

      It takes two sides to come to an agreement on a contract. I know the Yankees were working on a budget but I doubt Cashman was so stingy as to not match a $3 million offer for one year. I’m sure he would even go further if he wanted Ross. Maybe he offered $5, 6 million and Ross simply wanted to live and play in Boston. Not everything is Cashman’s fault. Baseball, and life, is not that simple.

      • trr says:

        I’m no Cashman basher as many here are (unreasonably so). Yes, no one knows for sure what the exact negotiations were. My point is, given the inherent scarcity of talent at the C position, the F/O should have acted more quickly to shore up this position, whether with Martin, Ross, or any any other desirable options available at the time.

  2. Bats says:

    A great get for the Yankees….a 3.1 million dollar for a career backup catcher? The much younger and cheaper Francisco Cervelli would’ve been a much better solution.

    • trr says:

      But his role with the team would’ve been expanded.
      Cervelli might be a solution, especially if he learns to protect his throwing hand.

    • emac2 says:

      Thank you. It’s really turned into clown central around here.

      “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”

      He might be a great get if you’re trying to be funny and saying he would hit as poorly and be as injured as everyone else but the idea that this is a great get????

      • trr says:

        Mike is looking at what Ross has done over the last several seasons. It just points out that there were other options availble to the Yanks during the off season. Unless Romaine, he of the negative wAR, is more to your liking?

        • TCMiller30 says:

          Well.. Romine was option 3, soooooooo moot point? Instead of having Stewart +0.3 WAR, Cervelli +0.8 and Romine -0.7, we’d have Stewart +0.3, Cervelli +0.8 and Ross +0.5 with Romine in the minors or Ross, Cervelli and Romine with Stewart gone. Either way, I really don’t see what the outcry for improving our 3rd catcher is.

          Cervelli and Stewart have also thrown out 50% and 47% of base stealers this season.

  3. Hassey says:

    Cano last seen in bathrobe appearing dazed and confused on the Alameda ferry

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