San Diego Padres avoid arbitration with Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy, Everth Cabrera


Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego,CA- The San Diego Padres Thursday night avoided arbitration by agreeing to one year deals with pitchers Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and shortstop Everth Cabrera.

Kennedy was signed for $6.1 million for 2014, an increase from $4.265 million last season. Kennedy went 7-10 with a 4.91 earned-run average with 163 strikeouts over 181 1/3 innings last season. After being acquired in July from Arizona for Joe Thatcher, Matt Stites and a compensatory draft pick, Kennedy recorded a 4.24 ERA and Kennedy went 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 10 starts (57 1/3 innings) for the San Diego Padres after he was acquired at the trade deadline last season from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for reliever Joe Thatcher and prospect Matt Stites.

Cabrera’s was signed for $2.45 million for 2014, an increase from the shortstop’s $1.275 million salary last season. Cabrera was suspended for a season-ending 50-game’s last season for his involvement in Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis scandal. Before his suspension, Cabrera had made his first All-Star appearance and batted .283 with four home runs and finished fifth-most in the National League 37 stolen bases.

Ross, who was arbitration eligible for the first time in his career was signed for $1.98 million for 2014. Ross was acquired from the Oakland Athletics last season. Ross struggled with a left shoulder injury in the first half of last season after injuring it while batting against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ross had surgery to repair his non- throwing left shoulder in October and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. Ross went 3-8 with a 3.17 earned-run average with 119 strikeouts in 35 games (16 starts) last season for the Padres. In the second half Ross was excellent with a 2.89 ERA in 13 starts.

The Padres now have three remaining arbitration-eligible players: Chase Headley, Andrew Cashner and Kyle Blanks.