Cody Ross asks Marlins for $4.45 million
Florida Marlins outfielder Cody Ross has gone to salary
arbitration, asking for $4.45 million rather than the team’s offer
of $4.2 million.
Arbitrators James Oldham, Margaret Brogan and Howard Edelman are
expected to issue a decision Tuesday, a day after hearing
Ross hit .290 with 24 homers and 90 RBIs last season, when he
made $2.3 million.
Players and owners have split the two decisions this far, with
Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart winning ($4.8 million) and Tampa
Bay outfielder B.J. Upton losing ($3 million).
Three hearings equals the record-tying low total of cases that
went to arbitrators last year, when Florida’s Dan Uggla and
Washington’s Shawn Hill won and Tampa Bay’s Dioner Navarro
Six more players are scheduled for hearings this week: Los
Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar and catcher Jeff Mathis;
Washington right-hander Brian Bruney and left-hander Sean Burnett;
Houston left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and Chicago Cubs shortstop Ryan
Also, the Marlins said Monday they have agreed to a minor league
contract with outfielder Jason Lane, who last played in the major
leagues in 2007 with Houston and San Diego. He hit .253 with 13
homers and 47 RBIs last year for Toronto’s Triple-A team at Las