It's telling that in the most important moments of the 2013 season for the Boston Red Sox, catcher David Ross was the one behind the plate.
It spoke volumes about manager John Farrell's comfort in having the veteran receiver behind the plate to focus on the Red Sox pitching staff and defense.
The first move made by Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington last winter was to sign Ross. It was a very important moment that indicated Boston was going to go for substance instead of style. It also served notice that the Red Sox expected more from their catchers.
Ross provided everything that the Red Sox could have hoped for down the stretch and especially in the playoffs. Behind the plate in the postseason, Ross was able to lead the Red Sox pitching staff to a surprising World Series championship.
This article will examine some of the options that the Red Sox might have to pair with Ross for the 2014 season. Some of these options are better than others, giving the Red Sox plenty to think about this winter.
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