Joe Ross and the Nationals agreed to terms today on a one-year, $1.5 million contract, avoiding arbitration, a source familiar with the deal confirmed.
With one day remaining before clubs are required to tender contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players, the Nats managed to work out a deal with Ross that establishes his 2021 salary right now, though it was a fairly straightforward process.
The right-hander’s contract is for the same amount he was due to earn in 2020 before he elected to opt out of the shortened season.
MLB.com was first to report the new agreement.
Because he chose to sit out the season amid coronavirus concerns, Ross forfeited his opportunity to accrue big league service time. His service clock remains at 4 years, 18 days, which means he won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2022 season.
The Nationals continue to count on Ross to hold a prominent role on their pitching staff. He’s likely to enter spring training as the frontrunner for the fifth and final spot in their opening day rotation, once again competing with Erick Fedde and Austin Voth. Because he’s out of minor league options, Ross is all but assured of making the club, whether as a starter or long reliever.
The 27-year-old was just starting to come into his own late in the 2019 season, going 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA in his final eight regular season starts. He…