With the assumption that the Braves are either going to play Evan Gattis in left field or trade him and that they’re going to give the starting catching job to Christian Bethancourt, they’ll be in need of a veteran backup. Mark Bowman says that two veterans are being considered:
A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross are among the FA the #Braves have spoken to about serving as their backup catcher
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) November 24, 2014
Ross had a stint with the Braves between 2009 and 2012. He’ll turn 38 in March. Pierzynski will be 38 next month. Both project to be sub-.300 OBP guys, but that’s not what the Braves are likely to care about in their backup catchers. Rather, it’s just the ability to squat behind the plate for four or five dozen games next year. Each of which should be handle that.