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  • Catcher David Ross to join Cubs, reunite with Jon Lester (Big League Stew)

    Not to suggest Jon Lester has any pull with the Chicago Cubs after signing a six-year, $155 million contract, but he surely can't be disappointed to hear veteran catcher David Ross will be joining him. According to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal , Ross and the Cubs have agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal, which means the former Boston Red Sox battery will be reunited on the north side. It's not a signing that will steal headlines or earn lengthy discussion on television. The 37-year-old backstop has essentially been a backup throughout his 13-year career. Ross appeared in 90 and 112 games respectively for the Cincinnati Reds in 2006 and 2007, but never topped 70 games in any other season. He's a .233/.318/.435 career hitter with 95 home runs, 38 of which came in those two years with Cincinnati. He had two separate stints with the Red Sox. In 2008, he appeared in eight games after being released by Cincinnati. After four seasons with the Atlanta Braves, he returned to Boston in a backup role in 2013. In two seasons, he appeared in 86 games, hitting .197/.276/.374 with 11 home runs and 25 RBIs. Not that any of those stats matter to Chicago, because it was during that return that a relationship between Ross and Jon Lester blossomed, leading to some of the left-handed ace's best numbers. Of Ross' 86 games in Boston, 29 were Lester starts. Lester posted a 2.77 ERA overall in those games. In four postseason games back in 2013, he put up a 1.33 ERA with Ross behind the plate.  Familiarity, comfort and trust go a long way sometimes. Even with Miguel Montero on board, it's assumed Ross will be Lester's regular catcher in order to give him all of the above. As for Ross, he'll leave some comfort behind, but it's a chapter he's looking forward to.  Thx for all the kind words & support. Boston will always hold a special place in my heart. Looking forward to this next chapter. #Grateful — David Ross (@D_Ross3) December 20, 2014 Overall, it's a great fit. The right-handed hitting Ross serves as a nice compliment to the left-handed slugging Montero, so it's not as if Chicago is creating a major roster logjam to accommodate the signing. They'll just have to find a trade partner for Wellington Castillo, who's expendable to them but likely plenty valuable to someone else seeking a veteran catcher. Just beware, inquiring teams. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have had a pretty hot hand at the trade table recently. You can ask Billy Beane all about that .  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

  • US-Cuba thaw likely to shake up baseball Major Leagues (AFP)

    A seismic shift in relations with Cuba had many in US baseball salivating Thursday at the prospect of a flood of talent from the Caribbean country where America's "national pastime" is a passion. Major League Baseball made a measured response to the news on Wednesday that the United States and Cuba would end five decades of Cold War hostility and move to revive diplomatic ties and ease a crippling US trade embargo. The sanctions, and Cuba's refusal to allow players there to seek employment in the United States, have made for an arduous path for Cuban baseballers who defy their government and seek to pursue careers in America. Amid speculation that the trickle of talent from Cuba could become a torrent, and the country could surpass the Dominican Republic and Venezuela as top Latin American sources for Major League players, MLB and the players' union were cautious.

  • Despite rifts, US and Cuba share baseball ties (The Associated Press)

    Despite deep political and ideological differences over the years, Cuba and the United States always have shared a love of baseball.

  • Thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations won't affect baseball right away: experts (Reuters)

    By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There will be no immediate flow of top Cuban players into Major League Baseball despite the major U.S. policy shift toward the communist-run island, experts on baseball in Cuba said on Wednesday. Any move to let Cuban players leave their country freely will not happen for at least several years, said author Pete Bjarkman, who has written extensively about Cuban baseball. "I don't think it will have any real visible immediate impact," Bjarkman said of the policy change. "Cuba wants to maintain its strong baseball at home. ...

  • County goes DIY route to fix Reds stadium seats (The Associated Press)

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Ohio's Hamilton County has adopted a do-it-yourself approach to fix stadium seats in the Great American Ball Park that are unexpectedly falling apart.

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  • Cingrani ready to take advantage of second chance

    Last season, young Reds left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani was viewed as ready for a full-time spot in the rotation and a central piece in the club's plans. It enabled Cincinnati to bid farewell to Bronson Arroyo and feel good about its starting five. Then Cingrani struggled early in the year and missed most of the season with a shoulder injury. Before the Winter Meetings last week, he appeared to be on the outside looking in -- the sixth man on the depth chart for the rotation.

  • After playing a lot in '14, Pena stays home this offseason

    Reds backup catcher Brayan Pena is usually a lock to play winter ball during his offseason, but that isn't the case during this particular offseason. Pena has decided to skip it this year -- pretty much.

  • Reds announce 2015 promotional schedule

    On Monday, the Reds unveiled their full promotional schedule for 2015, which is highlighted by 14 fireworks shows and nine bobblehead giveaways. Also included in next year's schedule is a new kids' poster series, which will feature a new player poster to be given out at every Sunday home game.

  • Ex-Red Satterwhite finds niche at Urban Youth Academy

    Cameron Satterwhite never made it to the Majors, but the former Reds Minor League outfielder has found a career at the Urban Youth Academy in his native Ohio.

  • Reds' Meetings moves open door for future additions

    The prime motivation behind the Reds' moves on the final day of the Winter Meetings was to clear payroll space, and it is not a sign that a rebuilding effort is about to begin. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty felt the trades enabled his club to accomplish its overall offseason plan to contend in 2015.