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The Marlins and Emilio Bonifacio went to an arbitration hearing today

Feb 7, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

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It was announced yesterday that the Marlins lost their arbitration hearing to right-hander Anibal Sanchez, but the club went right back at it today, this time stating their case against Emilio Bonifacio.

Bonifacio, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, requested $2.2 million and was offered $1.95 million from the Marlins when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the three-person panel of arbitrators could render a decision on the player’s 2012 salary as soon as tomorrow.

Bonifacio, who turns 27 in April, is coming off a career-year in which he batted .296/.360/.393 with five home runs, 36 RBI, 40 stolen bases and a .753 OPS while making starts at third base, second base, shortstop and all three outfield positions. He is expected to open this season as the Marlins’ starting center fielder.

  1. plmathfoto - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    WTF? They were that close and couldn’t settle and had to go to arbitration? And they’re spending money left & right? Wow!

    • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      Do you discern a subliminal theme of incoherence in the behavior of the Feesh front orifice these days?

  2. Dave Barker - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    I’ll bet Bonifacio is hoping the arbiters are Miami-Dade taxpayers.

  3. plmathfoto - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Of course he won this case, he should’ve asked for more imo.

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