The Yankees were rumored to be interested in catcher David Ross as a possible replacement for Russell Martin, but the Red Sox have signed him to a two-year, $6.2 million deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Ross, who will be 36 by Opening Day, has never been a starting catcher, but has proven to be one of the better, if not the best, backup catcher in baseball. Over the last four seasons he has hit .269/.353/.463 over 227 games.
The Yankees likely saw Ross as a cheaper alternative in a thin free agent market if they couldn’t re-sign Russell Martin. Unfortunately, they probably weren’t going to get serious in contract talks with Ross until after Martin has made up his mind of where he wants to play next year. That probably took them out of the running since he signed so early.