The 29-year-old Ross was acquired from San Diego last year
during spring training and became the starter. With 21 home runs in
90 games, he ranked third among NL catchers.
Ross, who made $500,000 last year, gets $1.6 million this year
and $2,525,000 in 2008. The Reds have a $3.5 million option for
2009 with a $375,000 buyout.
Cincinnati also agreed to a minor league contract with pitcher
Paul Wilson, who was invited to spring training. The 33-year-old
right-hander went 11-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 29 games and led the team
in wins with 11, but he was limited to nine starts in 2005 and had
shoulder surgery that June. He was 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA in four
minor league starts last year during a rehabilitation assignment.