If there were any question about whom the Red Sox would use as their primary catcher this season, that vanished on Saturday morning.
Saltalamacchia was the primary catcher last season, but lost playing time to Lavarnway once the Red Sox fell hopelessly out of contention. Ross, a free agent, was signed to a two-year contract in November. The Sox see him contributing more than an average backup.
“For right now, I think our expectations [are] Salty and Ross, they’re the two proven guys,” Cherington said. “We signed Ross for a reason and Salty has continued to build on each year and added some things and gotten better. He’s a power threat, capable of being one of the best catchers in the league. We’ve seen that.”
“Lavarnway has come a long way,” said Cherington. “We think he’s going to be a really good player for us. Sometimes the clock doesn’t start exactly when the player wants to. But he’s proven at the Triple A level that he’s capable of helping a major league team. That’s going to happen; we just don’t know exactly when.”
Notice that Cherington said “a major league team,” and not necessarily the Red Sox. Could a trade be in the works?
“I’m not sure about the odds. We’ll see,” the GM said. “We’ve talked to teams all winter. We kind of know where other teams are, and some teams have done most of what they need to do and some teams are still working on things and may have some questions this spring training.
“We’ll continue the conversations and see if anything comes to us that makes sense. But we’re not motivated to make a deal.”