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

arguments.

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

lost.

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

Theriot.

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

Vegas.