While working his way back from Tommy John surgery last summer, Joe Ross earned a total of $567,900, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.
Ross, 25, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, but Washington’s Nationals and the right-handed starter avoided arbitration tonight, ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s deadline for teams and players to submit figures for 2019.
Ross made six starts in the Nats’ system in 2018 and three in the majors in September, with a 5.06 ERA, a 5.86 FIP, 2.25 BB/9, 3.94 K/9, and a .274/.338/.532 line against in 16 innings in the Nationals’ rotation which left him with a 4.01 ERA overall, a 4.02 FIP, 2.45 BB/9, 7.86 K/9 and a .260/.319/.427 line against in 268 1⁄3 IP thus far in his big league career.
“He’s got to come back to Spring Training and work his way back,” manager Davey Martinez told reporters at Winterfest this past December after getting a good look at Ross in the final month of the season.
“I like what I saw, I did, but he’s got to build stamina. What he showed me is that three or four innings, that third time around, his velo went down significantly, so we’ve got to get him consistent, and get him through that third time around the order.”