"You feel like you're a good player and have that confidence," Ross explained. "But for someone else to think you're good and give you a contract that shows they have faith and trust in you, it's validation of everything you've worked hard for and the time and effort you've put in as a player."Preliminary talks between Ross' agents and Krivsky began as early as October. Negotiations accelerated within the past couple of weeks. Wednesday is the deadline for arbitration-eligible players to exchange figures with their clubs. "When you get to that point, it's a whole different mode of negotiations," Ross said. "It's nice to not have that hanging over your head. It's over and done before I go to Spring Training. I haven't been through the process before and I didn't want to go through it." Ross will earn $1.6 million in 2007 and $2.52 million in 2008. His 2009 option can be bought out for $375,000. Last season, Ross made $500,000. Pitchers Aaron Harang and Kyle Lohse are the Reds' two remaining arbitration cases pending. Krivsky said negotiations have been ongoing with both players' agents. Wilson signed: The Reds also announced that right-handed pitcher Paul Wilson was signed to a Minor League contract and invited to Spring Training. Wilson, who has been rehabilitating from right shoulder surgery, has not pitched in the Majors for Cincinnati since June, 2005. The 33-year-old Wilson spent all of last season on the disabled list and attempting some rehab starts in the Minors. Setbacks prevented him from coming back. After the Reds shut him down for the year late in the summer, Krivsky gave Wilson a commitment he would be invited to Major League camp. "We're hopeful everything works out and there's a happy ending to this story," Krivsky said. Krivsky has also been in talks with the agents for relievers Eddie Guardado and Kent Mercker. Both pitchers are attempting to return from major elbow surgery and wouldn't be ready for Opening Day.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.