Centerfielder Cody Ross has beat the Florida Marlins in his salary arbitration hearing, and with the ruling will earn his asking figure of $4.45 million as opposed to the Marlins $4.2 million offering figure. The ruling was made by an arbitration panel made up of James Oldham, Margaret Brogan and Howard Edelman and announced today. The Marlins are now 3 and 5 in salary arbitration hearings winning 38 percent of their cases.
Ross went .270/.321/.469 last season with 24 home runs and 90 RBIs. He is a career .264 hitter with 72 home runs, 254 RBIs, a .264 OBP, and a .484 SLG%.
His case was bolstered by Corey Hart winning his salary arbitration case late last week with the Brewers. (for an extensive study of the Ross salary arbitration case see Sizing Up the Cody Ross Salary Arbitration Case).
Ross, in his second year of salary arbitration eligibility, now doubles his $2.225 million he earned Â last year.
There have been three salary arbitration hearings this year, matching last yearâ€™s total. The owners have a 281 to 209 advantage in salary arbitration cases dating back to 1974 when the process was put in place. See the Salary Arbitration Scorecard for details.
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