Giants avoid arbitration with Ross; A's sign four

January 18, 2011, 10:02 pm
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Jan. 18, 2011

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants playoff hero Cody Ross headlined the list of Bay Area big leaguers who avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth a reported 6.3 million.Ross, an outfielder wholl be a free agent at the end of the 2011 season, made 4.45 million last season with the Marlins and Giants.

Also avoiding arbitration with one-year deals Tuesday were all but one of the remaining eligible Oakland As: recently acquired outfielder Josh Willingham (6 million), left-handed starter Dallas Braden (3.35 million), third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff (4.75 million) and reserve outfielder Conor Jackson (terms unavailable).
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TheGiants also came to terms with lefty starter Jonathan Sanchez andrighty reliever Ramon Ramirez. A team source told CSNBayArea.comthat a one-year deal with Andres Torres will be done in 24 hours and reliever SantiagoCasilla's one-year deal is said to be 'all but done.' None of the contract figurescould be immediately verified.Leftyreliever Javier Lopez will be the lone arb-eligible player unsigned bythe Giants once the Torres and Casilla deals are done, but Lopez andthe team exchanged proposed salary figures for 2011 on Tuesday, withLopez submitting 2.875 million and the club countering with 2 million. Ross, who was acquired by the Giants on waivers from the Marlins on Aug. 23 in an effort to block the rival Padres from picking him up, ended up being one of the biggest steals in the game. He worked his way into the starting lineup with consistent offensive production before going on a tear in postseason play.
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His sixth-inning home run to break up Derek Lowes no-hitter in Game 4 of the National League Division Series helped send the Giants to the NL Championship Series, in which Ross hit three home runs -- two in Game 1 on the road against Phillies ace Roy Halladay and drove in five runs on the way to claiming series MVP honors.He went deep twice more in the World Series against the Rangers, finishing the playoffs with five homers and 10 RBIs to cement cult status among Giants fans.