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Ross, Nolasco, Amezaga Sign; Uggla Headed to Arbitration Hearing

                The Marlins avoided salary arbitration with Cody Ross, Ricky Nolasco and Alfredo Amezaga by agreeing to contracts with those three players, but could not reach agreement with All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla before Tuesday's noon deadline.

                As a result, Uggla and the Marlins will head to an arbitration hearing in February to decide his 2009 salary.

                The Marlins worked out 1-year deals with Nolasco ($2.4 million plus incentives) and Ross ($2.225 million). They also agreed to deals on Monday with third baseman Jorge Cantu ($3.5 million) and outfielder Jeremy Hermida ($2.25 million).