For much of the day on Friday, it was believed that David Ross was on the verge of signing with the San Diego Padres. But news came out later that instead of heading to San Diego, Ross is on his way to the Windy City.
The former Red Sox catcher has agreed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to multiple media reports. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is for two years and $5 million.
Ross will join former Sox batterymate Jon Lester, who inked a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs last week. Ross was Lester’s unofficial personal catcher with the Red Sox, with Ross catching Lester for 18 of the 21 starts the southpaw made for the Red Sox last season. Lester’s ERA with Ross was 2.02 in 18 starts, compared to 6.00 in three starts throwing to A.J. Pierzynski.
Ross spent the past two seasons with the Red Sox, playing 86 games and hitting .197 with 11 home runs and 25 RBIs. He caught eight games in the Red Sox’ 2013 postseason run, including four in the World Series, where he knocked in the game-winning run in Game 5 against the Cardinals.
It was Ross’ second career stint with the Red Sox; he previously played eight games with the Sox in 2008.
Ross has played for six different teams over his 13-year MLB career; his seasons with the Red Sox represent his only time in the American League. Ross is a career .233 hitter with 95 home runs and 273 RBIs in 1,955 career at bats.