CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs and catcher David Ross have agreed to terms on a two-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ross, 37, is a veteran of all or part of 13 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-04), Pittsburgh Pirates (2005), San Diego Padres (2005), Cincinnati Reds (2006-08), Boston Red Sox (2008, 2013-14) and Atlanta Braves (2009-12). He is a career .233 hitter (455-for-1,955) with 101 doubles, 95 home runs and 273 RBI in 744 major league games with a .318 on-base percentage and .435 slugging percentage, good for a .753 OPS.
The right-handed hitter has been to the post-season four times in his career, first in 2004 with the Dodgers followed by a pair of appearances with the Braves in 2010 and 2012. In 2013, Ross won a World Championship with Boston, seeing action in eight games, including four World Series contests during the six-game win against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Ross hit a career-high 21 home runs in 90 games for the Reds in 2006 and followed up with 17 homers for the club in a career-high 112 games in 2007. He has averaged 53 games played during the last seven seasons starting in 2008, including 50 games last year for the Red Sox during which he hit .184 (28-for-152) with seven doubles, seven home runs and 15 RBI. During the past seven seasons, Ross has thrown out 35.1 percent of runners attempting to steal, the fourth-best mark in the majors during that span. His 3.69 catcher's ERA is tied for 10th in the majors in that span.
A native of Bainbridge, GA, Ross was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh round of the 1998 Draft out of the University of Florida.