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Tyson Ross signs, Padres avoid arbitration

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The Padres sign Ross to a one-year, $9.625 million deal for 2016.

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The Padres will avoid arbitration completely after coming to terms with all four players to file. Tyson Ross was the final arbitration-eligible player to settle his contract for the 2016.  According to Corey Brock he signed for $9.625 million, which is less than the $10.0 million arbitration salary projected by MLB Trade Rumors last October.

Ross' salary combined with the salaries of the other three players to file for arbitration ($2.925 million for Derek Norris, $1.35 million for Drew Pomeranz, and $7.15 million for Andrew Cashner) come in at $650,000 less than MLBTR's projections.

The 28-year-old Ross, former Padres All-Star, is in his second year of arbitration eligibility and is coming off a 2015 season that saw him go 10-12 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.306 WHIP while earning $5.25 million. This upcoming season will be his fourth with San Diego, and he still has one year left of arbitration eligibility before reaching free agency status in the 2017-2018 offseason.

Earlier this month, MLBTR published an analysis of Ross' arbitration case.  Now that arbitration is no longer an issue for the Padres this offseason and the 40-man roster is full, Preller & Co. can look toward spring training. Is the roster settled?