This articles states what I have been thinking since at least 2009. Ross is a better catcher than what many other teams are running out there on a daily basis. I have no idea why there wasn’t more interest in him as a starter. Obviously the Braves have McCann, but his bat would be good enough to run out there occasionally at first base as a backup on the side. He certainly would be no worse than Hinske playing the position.
Comment by Phantom Stranger — August 30, 2010 @ 4:45 pm
I think one thing that we may be missing is that Ross loves the role of a backup catcher. Can we really blame him? Being a starting catcher in the major leagues takes a huge toll on your body, both now and especially later. Ross doesn’t have to deal with health issues but still gets paid more than a lot of starters. He also seems to genuinely enjoy working with McCann on improving his defense, and I could see him eying a future job as an instructor, coach, or possibly even a manager. In some ways, working as a backup catcher now may better prepare him for that.
Comment by Nitram Odarp — August 30, 2010 @ 5:36 pm
This may be true, but he would still be a bargain to another team playing 90-100 games a season for another $500,000-$$1M a season, a significant pay raise for a guy who doesn’t have many left.
wren scares me like hell when i hear a braves trade rumor
Comment by kbertling353 — August 30, 2010 @ 7:37 pm
and then he trades for ankiel, farnsworth, alex gonzalez, nate mclouth ,derek lee, and melky cabrera
Comment by kbertling353 — August 30, 2010 @ 7:38 pm
This is an interesting point. It’s definitely non-obvious but also very much rational. I’d say the largest factors that went into Ross’ decision to accept the two year extension were the ones you’ve outlined as well as the fact that “one in the hand beats two in the bush.” Getting a guaranteed payday of millions (even 3) is hard to pass up (for a guy that isn’t set for life) knowing it could conceivably not exist after the season.
He gave up next to nothing for Ankiel, Farnsworth, Lee, and McLouth. Melky was a throw in to complement the real trade piece (Vizcaino), and we all know the story with Yunel Escobar. (Note please that A-Gon has outproduced Yunel since the trade)
If you need further proof that Ross’s bat hasn’t been a fluke, note that Cox has used him as a righty pinch hitter on occasion this season. Those that know Cox know how much he hates using the back-up catcher as a PH, especially when the emergency catcher is Matt Diaz. He thinks that highly of Ross’s bat.
Definitely, but I don’t think he wants to play 90-100 games a season. Why catch ~800 innings for 2.5 million when you can catch ~350 innings for 1.5 million? I think his 2007 season when he caught 837 innings showed him he didn’t actually want to be a starting catcher.
Comment by Nitram Odarp — August 30, 2010 @ 9:50 pm
Not everyone cares about maxing out their total earnings though. I’d rather earn 150,000 a year and work 40 hours a week then work 80 hours a week and earn 250,000. And that’s not even taking into account the wear and tear catching takes on your body. Ross doesn’t seem to want to start 90-100 games a year, and who can blame him?
Comment by Nitram Odarp — August 31, 2010 @ 2:31 pm
Ross with a triple and a grand slam tonight. not bad
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