I know, I know - why would you want to trade a catcher with that much offensive production and be left to start either Valentin or LaRue?
From my vantage point, though, it's about selling high with a player who is going to have a very difficult time repeating an outstanding season. In fact, this is what I wish the Reds had done last year with Valentin. Ross's performance has been over the entire course of the season whereas Valentin's was limited to the second half, but I still don't see anything in Ross's history that shows him having the ability to hit like this consistently.
Take a look at his minor league stats: (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/playe...vid-Ross.shtml)
1999 - HiA - 114 games - .227/.316/.339
2000 - HiA - 51 games - .257/.319/.435
2000 - AA - 24 games - .209/.308/.403
2001 - AA - 74 games - .264/.357/.459
2002 - AAA - 92 games - .297/.384/.519
2003 - AAA - 24 games - .221/.313/.442
His only minor-league season with a 900+ OPS came in 2002 when he played in the Pacific Coast League as a 25-year-old. Otherwise, his minor-league numbers have been mediocre at best at every stop, and usually worse.
Coming into this year, his major league numbers looked like this:
169 games, 424 ABs, 19 homers, 50 RBIs, .217/.288/.406
To me, we need to at least see what the market is out there and see if we can cash in Ross for some big-time help in other areas. The market should be pretty good for a catcher with a good defensive reputation coming off a big offensive season. I just don't see him continuing this play in the future.