- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) - Atlanta Braves backup catcher David Ross agreed to a two-year contract extension that will pay him $3.25 million.

Ross is making $1.6 million this year in the final season of a $3 million, two-year deal. The extension announced Tuesday will pay him $1,625,000 in each of the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

He can make an additional $250,000 annually in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90 games started as a catcher.

Ross was batting .269 with no homers and 18 RBIs heading into Atlanta’s game at the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. The 33-year-old is in his ninth major league season and had thrown out 37 percent of runners who’ve tried to steal on him.

He could have become a free agent at the end of this season.

Atlanta also optioned outfielder Nate McLouth to Triple-A Gwinnett and activated outfielder Brent Clevlen from the 15-day disabled list.

McLouth is hitting .168 with three homers and 14 RBIs this season. Clevlen went on the DL in May with a sprained toe.

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