Braves Sign Back Up Catcher

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday Dec. 5, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have added catching depth by signing free agent David Ross to a two-year deal on Friday. Ross likely will replace Corky Miller as the primary backup to starter Brian McCann. Terms of the deal were not released.

The 31-year-old Ross is a career .222 hitter. He hit .231 in 52 games with Cincinnati last season before he was released by the team on Aug. 18. He signed with Boston and appeared in eight games late in the season.

He hit only .203 with 17 homers for the Reds in 2007, when he set a career high with 311 at-bats. His best season was 2006, when he hit .255 with 21 homers and 55 RBIs. Ross has hit 41 homers the last three seasons, the
11th-highest total among major league catchers.

Ross was born in Bainbridge, Ga., before graduating from Florida High School in Tallahassee. He played with Braves pitcher Tim Hudson for two years at Auburn University before transferring to the University of Florida.

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