Continuing the theme of "acquire all the former Red Sox catchers," there's news about David Ross, rumored to be coming to the Cubs for some time after his pal Jon Lester was signed:
Sources: David Ross to #Cubs, two years, $5M.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 19, 2014
Two years? I don't think I would give Ross two years, as he will be 38 in March. But the relationship with Lester might be strong enough that Theo & Co. were willing to do this to keep their $155-million man happy. Here's why Lester might like Ross:
Why would Ross be key to #Cubs? He caught 5 of Lester's 1st 7 starts, and lefty had 2.19 ERA w/43 Ks, 5 BBs. No confirmation from team— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) December 19, 2014
I'd think this signing means that Welington Castillo is on the market. There's no need to have Castillo with Ross backing up Miguel Montero. Naturally, the Cubs would like the highest possible return and won't give away Castillo, who is likely to start wherever he winds up.
There has been no official announcement from the Cubs on this signing and no word on who's being removed from the 40-man roster to make room. Given the report of a two-year, $5 million deal (which isn't a huge amount of money, but the extra year is too much, in my view), it has to be a major-league signing.
All right, your turn.