Padres Avoid Arbitration with all Four Players


Updating a previous story, the San Diego Padres have now agreed to terms with all four players who had filed for salary arbitration. Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner settled on Friday, with catcher Derek Norris and pitcher Drew Pomeranz agreeing on Thursday.

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As reported by Corey Brock, Ross agreed to a salary of $9.625M for 2016, following his second straight stand-out season. Last year he made just over $5M. This is right in line with the roughly $10M it was expected he would ask for.

Andrew Cashner, who had a disappointing season though he was able to set a career high in innings and starts on the year. He went 6-16 with a 4.34 ERA on the season. His new deal will pay him $7.15M his last year before free agency, up from $4.05M last season.

Catcher Derek Norris will also see a nice raise for himself next season, agreeing with the Padres for a salary of $2.92M from $545,000 in 2015. While he impressed defensively more than many expected, his offensive numbers were down from what they had been the previous two seasons in Oakland. Newcomer Drew Pomeranz has yet to throw a pitch for the Padres yet and will make $1.35M this season for the Padres. He has been used as both a starter and reliever in the past and could prove to be a valuable insurance policy for the Padres.

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Arbitration cases are interesting and it is a good sign that the Padres were able to avoid arbitration as often those hearings can have negative effects on the overall relationship between the player and club when looking at long-term deals. I haven’t heard any rumblings about the Padres attempting to reach out to Tyson Ross about a long-term contract as he is under club control through 2016, but at his current career trajectory he is only getting more expensive. If Mike Leake can command a 5 year, $80M contract I would expect Ross’ to be even that much higher when he hits the market assuming his performance and health holds up.