Ross hasn’t hit much, other than a really nice stint in LA in 2003. He’s supposed to be a little better than his numbers, and has a good defensive reputation. He’s a capable backup, certainly.
This would obviously require another trade, involving LaRue or the Latin Love Machine.
UPDATE (by Chad): As noted in the comments, Marc Lancaster is reporting this as a done deal:
Krivsky says nothing should be read into this, as far as other potential trades. I suppose we’ll play that one by ear.
“We like David Ross,” said Krivsky. “HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a very good defensive catcher. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s almost like pitching Ã¢â‚¬â€œ you can never have enough catching. There arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t any predetermined things here as far as the roster goes. The possibility of carrying three catchers exists. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not saying itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an absolute, but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have 10 or 11 days to evaluate it after getting (Ross) in here.”
Count me among the group that can’t figure this deal out.
Here’s the article on the deal from Reds.com, for what it’s worth.