Cody Ross and Marlins go to salary arbitration

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.