Braves officials quash Ross trade rumor

Viera, Fla. – Braves officials scoffed at a report claiming they told teams that veteran catcher David Ross was available.

“I can tell you, we wouldn’t even think about trading him,” manager Bobby Cox said. “That’s completely made up. It doesn’t make any sense.”

ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark wrote in his Saturday blog that “other clubs report the Braves have told teams he’s available — possibly in a catcher-for-catcher swap for a younger backup-catcher type.”

Considered one of the top backup catchers in baseball, Ross hit .273 with seven homers and a solid .888 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) in 128 at-bats last season, filling in ably for All-Star catcher Brian McCann.

Ross is in the second year of a two-year, $3 million contract, and teammates say he’s an integral part of their team chemistry as one the most respected and popular players in the clubhouse.

“That [ESPN rumor] made no sense whatsoever,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “That’s one of the things we like most about our club, is the depth and quality of our bench.”

Ross was out of the lineup all weekend with a strained groin. He’s hit .357 with four doubles and eight RBIs in 28 at-bats this spring.

Escobar scratched again

Shortstop Yunel Escobar stayed back at Braves camp Sunday to treat a stiff lower back that’s kept him out of the past two games. He was on the original travel roster for Sunday’s game against the Nationals in Viera, Fla.

“We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Cox said. “But he’s ready to go [for the regular season]. Might as well try to get him 100 percent.”

Escobar has hit .325 with six doubles, a homer and nine RBIs with only three strikeouts 40 at-bats.

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Holy Cow

March 28th, 2010
4:51 pm

Good to Know

shadetree

March 28th, 2010
4:53 pm

dumped out of first by a cow. a religious cow to boot.

dang baptist

Nick Esasky got rich and dizzy

March 28th, 2010
4:54 pm

Keep Ross. Get well, Yunel. We need ‘em both.

Senator Blutarski

March 28th, 2010
5:04 pm

glad we’re keeping Ross

Beauvighn

March 28th, 2010
5:08 pm

Great move keeping Rossy…He is a viable backup when BMac needs a day off. Above average arm and can hit the ball out of the yard.

Mitchell

March 28th, 2010
5:10 pm

Take that, other organizations!

Mitchell

March 28th, 2010
5:10 pm

Braves82

March 28th, 2010
5:15 pm

ESPN was just bored and were trying to start something. Remember, Jayson Stark is from Philly so anything to try and make a contoversy against a division rival, is going to take it.

AJ

March 28th, 2010
5:15 pm

Before we had David Ross, remember, we had Corky Miller……Only possible backup now is Clint Sammons….I think we better keep David Ross, don’t you?

J-Hey Kid

March 28th, 2010
5:15 pm

leland

March 28th, 2010
5:16 pm

Somebody on some other team somewhere was trying to sow seeds of discord on our team. Some team that’s really jealous. Like the Buffalo Titans. That’s all it is. That is all it is.

Castrologist

March 28th, 2010
5:27 pm

I wish we’d stop blowing Heyward already. Too much hype is never a good thing. Baseball is not an easy game. He may struggle for a while when pitchers make adjustments to him. Can’t wait for the season to start. Braves in 2010!

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Thrillhouse44

March 28th, 2010
5:34 pm

Ross digs Rob Bass, so I dig Ross.

Horner's Corner

March 28th, 2010
5:39 pm

Hey DOB are you monitoring this blog? I was hoping you could give us (the fans) a little piece on Freddie Freeman. He seems to be having a pretty solid spring and it looks like he is positioned to make the jump next year if all goes accordingly. So here are my questions:

Will he start the season in AAA?

Is the organization a little worried about his subtle decline in power numbers? (We don’t want another slow, singles hitter like Kotchman)

How’s his glove work around the pillow? (That was for the loquacious Chip Carrey)

Do you think having Heyward grab all the attention this spring has been a benefit or a hindrance to Freeman? (2 years ago they seemed to always be mentioned in the same sentence)

Damon Berryhill

March 28th, 2010
5:40 pm

I am ready in case Ross is injured or traded…..hope I can get there before Charlie O’Brien!

Horner's Corner

March 28th, 2010
5:50 pm

I miss Berryhill. A switch hitter who came up through the Cubs organization. Was he on the WS Championship team?

jesse james

March 28th, 2010
5:51 pm

Damon – I don’t know but I heard they have been in contact with Bruce Benedict, Biff Pocaroba, Bob Didier, and my favorite Javier Lopez.

jesse james

March 28th, 2010
5:53 pm

I don’t know why they just don’t go over to the great baseball lands at East Cobb. I’m sure there are enough prima donas over there.

Johnny Estrada

March 28th, 2010
5:58 pm

Dang that McCann. I woulda been a Brave today if not for him.
What’s wrong with Sammons for a backup? He’s cheap, pitchers love throwing to him, and he’s young.
Save us some bucks, too!

mike lum

March 28th, 2010
6:01 pm

I can catch in an emergency…

Big B CH 99

March 28th, 2010
6:15 pm

They need to keep Ross, he’s a great backup. You feel comfortable giving Mac a day or two off, Ross would be fine if Mac was beat up and needed a week off. Last yr, it was Yunel that you couldn’t have out of the lineup b/c the backup (Hernandez) couldn’t hit a lick. The yr before it was Mac that you couldn’t have out of the lineup b/c Corky was a joke.

barney strickland

March 28th, 2010
6:41 pm

You’re on crack if you wouldn’t sign Javy Lopez in his prime …… He could swing the bat better than McCann ever will…. though his catching skills weren’t nothing great. What ever happened to Johnny Estrada?

L. Grizzard's Ghost

March 28th, 2010
6:43 pm

Bruce Benedict . . . the man who came in third in a race with a pregnant lady.

Branch Rickey

March 28th, 2010
7:19 pm

I’m not sure about Proctor. Needs work in the minors. Chavez looks like a disaster so far. Looks like some openings in the bullpen.

Charlie Kerfield

March 28th, 2010
7:44 pm

I think Greg Norton was once an emergency catcher…maybe we could bring him back.

NO MORE BOBBY

March 28th, 2010
8:20 pm

I don’t trust anything Wren says after he played dumb with the Heyward questions this week.

Bob Uecker

March 28th, 2010
10:14 pm

Catching? It’s easy! You just wait until it stops rolling and pick it up!

DawgDad

March 28th, 2010
10:39 pm

I’m sure the Braves discuss trades involving any number of their players. How about McCann for Mauer? Is that a good rumor? Ross is a non-story until and unless a trade is made. As a backup catcher Ross is almost as valuable as the eighth-best starter in the lineup, maybe moreso when considering his insurance value should McCann go down.

The LAST source I trust for sports information is ESPN, an Entertainment Tonight gossip rag with an occasional stat thrown in.

Braves are looking like they might come out of the gate stronger than they did last year. If they do their chances will all depend on health, because they aren’t particularly deep in power if Jones-Glaus-McCann spend a lot of time on the DL, or if one of their key pitchers blows up. Hinske/Infante and Medlen can plug short-term gaps, but they can’t be expected to plug a major loss or a 2009 Chipper implosion.

gotigers72

March 28th, 2010
10:52 pm

Biff Pocoroba is the man! Are walkers allowed on the field? Or how about Paul Casanova? What a cannon he had. [I'm serious about the cannon part]

richbrave

March 28th, 2010
10:52 pm

Where’s the main thread?

richbrave

March 28th, 2010
10:54 pm

Easy. Our third catcher is MATTY D. All is well.

Castrologist

March 28th, 2010
11:06 pm

McCann is no slouch as a hitter. Maybe a better pure hitter than Javy. He might not have the same power numbers as Javy, but he can swing the stick. McCann averages a respectable 24 homers per 162 games, whereas Javy averaged 28. Pencil him in the All-Star game again this year.

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Michael Procton

March 28th, 2010
11:22 pm

McCann also has been consistent across his career. No steroid-fueled offensive explosions.

BobbyCox

March 28th, 2010
11:29 pm

We’ve got some guys that can step in and do the job. There’s Bill Naharodny. And Paul Bako. “Come on Taco!” Corky Millers is out there washing my truck if we need him. “Come on Corko!” I think Ernie Whitt and Jerry Willard are still in the bunkhouse up at my farm. They can step in. “Come on Erno; Let’s go Willy!” I think I saw Matt Sinatro somewhere around here?? Wait, that was Sinatra in Vegas. “Come on Blue Eyes!” I love this job…………

Nathan

March 28th, 2010
11:40 pm

Seems like the Braves are in an enviable spot this season. For once in recent years there is clear and qualified depth at all positions, something several clubs lack. Everyone, even the Yankees, have a Plan A, but for most teams the plan B or C is usually cloudy. With the Braves, a player could go down and be replaced immediately with major league level talent.
Guys like Ross, Medlen, Infante and Cabrera are what will make this team strong in 2010. The addition of Hinske might prove to be one of the best of the off season as well.
GO BRAVES! For once, a clear and evident feeling is vibrating through Braves’ Nation and through the clubhouse: in it to win it.

The Dude

March 28th, 2010
11:49 pm

The only catcher I’d trade Ross for is Corky Miller! Talk about a consistent player….

Chipper's Bunions

March 29th, 2010
8:38 am

Scoff all you want, but Joe Nolan was as solid as it got behind the plate. Plus he had the look of an all-star, if not the talent.

Macon boy

March 29th, 2010
12:30 pm

Who was the nut who reported this…….baseball news must be short whoever/wherever the dope is…………..

ESCOBAR For M.V.P.

March 30th, 2010
8:37 am

I just would like to see Ross catch and McCann dh in A.L. games.

Bill

April 1st, 2010
2:04 pm

ESCO beginning to worry me with injuries.

Bob Didier

April 2nd, 2010
2:31 am

Give me the butterfly glove!

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