Padres let Tyson Ross fly to D.C. to attend his brother’s major league debut

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The Nationals promoted pitcher Joe Ross from Double-A Harrisburg to make his major league debut at home on Saturday against the Cubs. Ross is the younger brother of Padres pitcher Tyson. The Padres were thoughtful enough to allow Ross to fly to Washington, D.C. so he could be in attendance for his brother’s debut, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Tyson got the win after holding the Reds to two runs over five innings on Friday night, so even if the Padres got into a lengthy extra-inning game on Saturday, they wouldn’t have used him anyway.

Joe lost to the Cubs on Saturday afternoon, allowing three runs on six hits while walking none and striking out four in five innings of work. He retired the first nine batters he faced before Dexter Fowler led off the fourth inning with a single.

Dodgers, Tony Gonsolin agree to 2-year, $6.65M contract

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LOS ANGELES — All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a two-year, $6.65 million contract that avoided an arbitration hearing.

Gonsolin gets $3.25 million this year and $3.4 million in 2024.

His salary in the second season can escalate by up to $3 million based on a points system in which he will be credited one point for each start, or each relief appearance of 3 1/3 innings: $500,000 apiece for 14, 16, 18, 20, 24 and 28 points. The 2024 salary also would increase by $1,125,000 for winning a Cy Young Award this year, $625,000 for finishing second or third in the voting and $500,000 for finishing fourth or fifth.

The sides exchanged salary proposals on Jan. 13, with Gonsolin seeking a raise from $720,000 last season to $3.4 million this year, while the Dodgers offered $3 million.

The 28-year-old right-hander was 16-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 24 starts during a breakout season last year. Gonsolin earned his first All-Star selection with an 11-0 record and a 2.02 ERA in the first half. He finished with the highest winning percentage (.941) in franchise history.

Gonsolin has been with the Dodgers for parts of four seasons since being drafted in the ninth round out of Saint Mary’s College in 2016. He is 26-6 with a 2.51 ERA in 59 career games.

He helped the Dodgers win the 2020 World Series during the pandemic-shortened season.