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Ross looking at timeshare with Sox's catchers

Ross looking at timeshare with Sox's catchers

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox told David Ross, their newly signed catcher, that the club's plan for the position is something tantamount to a split, Ross said Thursday morning on MLB Network Radio.

As of now, he'll be making that timeshare with one of the incumbents, Ryan Lavarnway or Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Ross is just not sure which.

"I think maybe playing a little more than a backup and splitting time with one of the guys they have there," Ross said. "I don't know whether it's going to be Salty or Lavarnway. I think they're sorting that out now, I don't know who it's going to be."

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Presumably, either Saltalamacchia or Lavarnway will be traded.

Ross' two-year deal with the Sox became official on Thursday after he spent four years with the Braves. He said the Red Sox were aggressive going after him and it became easy to envision himself in a Boston uniform.

"The way they pursued me and the things they told me, 'We want you to play more than you have been playing, but we don't want you to be the starter,'" Ross said. "'Just be a good part of this team.' That's kind of all they said. There wasn't a whole lot of high expectations or anything like that, they just said they wanted me for me."

Ross said he doesn't plan to come in and try to dictate his own game plan to pitchers. He has high regard for Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, the staff leaders, and Ross sounded convinced that Lester would have a bounce-back season.

"I know that it's a good pitching staff, Jon Lester's one of the most feared lefties in the game," Ross said. "I think down years make you better. I was telling [former Braves teammate] Brian McCann that the other day. I think Jon Lester, if I'm a fantasy player ... I want to get Jon Lester."

"I got to get there, get to know them," Ross continued. "I put a lot of stock in letting a pitcher dictate what he wants to do. When I feel like I know what he wants to do, then I feel like I can talk to him about how to use that stuff."

Through no effort of his own, Ross gained a high level of familiarity with one American League East team this week. The Blue Jays look a lot like the Marlins he faced plenty with the Braves following the Toronto-Miami blockbuster.

"Jose Reyes needs to leave me alone, I'm tired of seeing that guy when I'm catching on the basepaths," Ross said. "That guy's a nuisance."

Briefly, Ross was with the Red Sox in 2008, and he took away a positive vibe. Current manager John Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington gave off that vibe again this time around.

"I got the feeling talking to Ben and John, the same feeling when I got when I was there in '08 for a short period of time," Ross said. "Of just the desire to put good guys in the clubhouse and talent on the field as well. And I think that breeds winning teams. Being in Atlanta, we weren't the most talented team all the time, but guys cared about each other. ... Boston definitely had a down year, but I think a lot of that is going to be in the rearview mirror. It is in my mind."

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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