But won't remain forever as our third-string catcher.
1. Reds hurlers have a cumulative 4.95 ERA with Ross catching vs. 5.37 ERA with Valentin and 6.58 ERA with Larue so far this season.
2. Ross has a career 7.53 range factor vs. 6.84 for Larue and 6.86 for Valentin.
3. Ross has posted a .376 caught stealing percentage, right up there with Larue's .393 and Valentin's .332.
4. Ross has allowed 12 passed balls in 1,156 innings played, a trend surpassing Larue's 65 passed balls in 5,078 innings and roughly comparable with Valentin's 19 passed balls in 2,297 innings.
5. The Reds are 5-2 in games Ross has started this season vs. 6-4 in Valentin's starts and 3-1 in Larue's.
6. Ross is 29, a year younger than Valentin, three years younger than Larue.
7. Ross has performed at the plate, as well as behind the plate. He has two homeruns and 4 RBI vs. no homeruns and 2 RBI for Valentin and Larue combined. His .OBP is higher as well, with a comfortable .261 BA and three walks in 26 plate appearances vs. Valentin's .261 BA and two walks in 48.
8. He earns less than half of Valentin's salary, about one-eighth of Larue's.
9. He's a Krivsky acquisition -- another link in the new GM's master strategy to shore up the Reds' woeful defense without costing the team an arm and a leg, preferably making it possible to obtain some arms while not compromising the Reds' vaunted offense.
10. Having both David Ross and Cody Ross on the Ross-ter should fuel some fan interest. Are these guys Siamese twins, even though one's from Georgia and the other from New Mexico? Could our future be looking any Ross-ier? Somehow or another, Pete Ros(s) ought to approve. Scrappy.