Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington spoke with the Boston Herald Monday about assembling the "next great Red Sox team." In the interview, Cherington addressed the recent signing of catcher David Ross, who inked a two-year, $6.2 million deal last Wednesday.
"We signed Ross because it’s strengthened the position. We thought that was the best alignment for us. We have wanted to have someone as part of the catching group who has been through the wars and has a good feel for the game. David has been in that second catcher role and has thrived in it. I’d rather have three good catchers rather than one or two."
Ross, 35, played for the Atlanta Braves the last four seasons. Last season, he hit .256 with nine home runs, however, Ross' impact is expected to be on defense where he's one of the league's best in throwing out runners and in catcher's ERA.
Originally, the acquisition of Ross was questioned by the fan base because Boston already has two catchers in Ryan Lavarnway or Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who now could traded before the start of the season.
Cherington said as of right now Saltalamacchia is the starter, however, a lot can change from now until the end of spring training.
"Salty has earned that right based on the last few years," Cherington said. "He has done a good job."
Cherington admitted the plan is to have all three contribute to the team.