The Boston Red Sox have come to terms with backstop David Ross today, announcing a two-year pact that will reportedly pay the veteran a total of $6.2 million. For Ross, who has never made more than $2.5 million in a season according to Baseball Reference, this is a significant bump in salary and a huge win for a player who will be 36 before next season begins.
That isn’t to say Boston doesn’t have a good chance at getting their money’s worth out of the longtime backup. Ross, already a former Dodger, Pirate, Padre, Red, and now Brave, will be on his second stint with the Red Sox; he was with the organization last in 2008, receiving only 9 plate appearances. Although not starting material, Ross is more than capable as an offensive-minded backup at the game’s most physically demanding position. For his career, he is a .238/.324/.444 hitter, and one with plenty of pop in his bat.
Ross also comes with solid UZR numbers per FanGraphs, indicating a strong defensive presence. The journeyman has never compiled more than 348 plate appearance in a season, but as long as Boston doesn’t overexpose him, he’s a safe bet to provide his usual assortment of patience and power at the plate along with reliable defense behind it over the next few years.