Red Sox, C David Ross agree on two-year deal

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Ross gets a a new deal and more playing time with the Red Sox

Free Agent catcher David Ross reached agreement Saturday with the Red Sox on a two-year, $6.2 million free-agent contract, according to major-league sources. Ross , 35, batted .256 with a .770 OPS in 196 at-bats as Brian McCann’s backup last season with the Atlanta Braves.

The deal is contingent on Ross passing a physical.

Braves NewsThis will be Ross’ second stint with the Red Sox having played with them briefly in 2008 after being released by the Cincinnati Reds. FoxSports.com quotes a source as saying the right-handed hitting Ross will be “more than a backup but not a starter.” The Red Sox plan is unclear but naturally leads to more speculation.

The Red Sox have  returning catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway. Both struggled against left-handers. Saltalamacchia hit .170/.211/.283 against left-handers this year and Lavarnway  hit .157/.211/.248.

Presumably Ross will platoon Saltalamacchia.  Lavarnway could returned to Triple-A Pawtucket to further refine his skills or be dealt this winter. Saltalamacchia  hit 25 home runs in 2012 and and figures to be a less likely trade option for the Red Sox.