The Rockies have avoided arbitration with outfielder Drew Stubbs, agreeing on a one-year, $5.825 million deal for the 2015 season, per a report from Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith.
Stubbs was entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility, so he can become a free agent following the conclusion of the 2015 season. The 30-year-old batted a robust .289/.339/.482 with 15 home runs, 43 RBI, and 20 stolen bases for the Rockies last season.
On Monday, Nationals pitcher Joe Ross became one of four players to opt out of the 2020 season due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, Joe’s brother Tyson Ross opted out of the 2020 season as well, per Jon Heyman.
Ross, 33, is currently a free agent. He racked up 35 1/3 disappointing innings for the Tigers last year, posting a 6.11 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 18 walks.
Mike Leake, Ryan Zimmerman, and Ian Desmond are the three other players to have opted out of the 2020 season thus far. None of these players are considered “high risk,” so they are forgoing their salaries and service time.