ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida Marlins outfielder Cody Ross went to salary arbitration Monday, 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 today, a day after hearing arguments.
Ross hit .290 with 24 homers and 90 RBI last season, when he made $2.3 million.
Players and owners have split the two decisions thus 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.
Taveras with Nationals
WASHINGTON — Outfielder Willy Taveras has agreed to a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.
If added to the 40-man roster, Taveras would receive a contract for the $400,000 major league minimum, with Oakland responsible for the remainder of his $4 million salary.
MLB exec not running
LANSING, Mich. — Major League Baseball executive Robert Bowman, the chief executive of baseball’s online and interactive media operations, said Monday he won’t seek the Democratic nomination for Michigan governor.
Bowman works in New York but has a summer home in northern Michigan.
Bowman formed an exploratory committee for a gubernatorial run last week.