While talk over the status of starting Braves catcher Brian McCann is just one of the topics dominating Atlanta's offseason, there is the matter of backup David Ross, a reliable role player for the Braves who had a huge night for Atlanta (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI) in their one-game wild-card loss to St. Louis:
#Braves have contacted catcher D. Ross' agent to let him know they want to re-sign him. Ross has already made it clear he wants to return.— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) October 29, 2012
Ross has been solid in his role with Atlanta, especially the 2012 season, his fourth in a Braves uniform. He hit .256/.321/.449 with nine home runs in 196 at-bats. The additional motivation for Atlanta to resign Ross is also McCann's health, as shoulder surgery could keep the All-Star from being ready in time for Opening Day. Fox Sports reported on Tuesday that the Braves would pick up the one-year option on McCann's contract.