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Marlins lose arbitration again, this time to Emilio Bonifacio

Feb 8, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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Days after losing their arbitration case against Anibal Sanchez the Marlins have been defeated again, as an arbitrator ruled in favor of Emilio Bonifacio and awarded him a $2.2 million salary for this season.

Miami filed at $1.95 million, but Bonifacio got the victory following a breakout season in which he hit .286 with a .360 on-base percentage and 40 steals in 152 games while playing all over the diamond defensively. He came into the year with a lifetime .251 batting average and .306 on-base percentage in 260 games.

Bonifacio, who’ll be 27 years old in April, is slated to be the Opening Day center fielder and will be arbitration eligible twice more before becoming a free agent following the 2014 season.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald notes that the Marlins are now 3-6 in arbitration cases since 2003, including five consecutive losses.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    You think they’d learn? This was over peanuts, relatively speaking, so what do they do but alienate a key player – a guy whose game is tailor made for the Brobdingnagian playing field dimensions they have imposed on themselves, and who busted his ass for them? Way to go, Chihuahua! And, um, isn’t that a spot of mange on your flew?

    • cur68 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      I’m a gonna say that those guys DO NOT learn. See they think they’re smart and that they don’t make mistakes. Its a mistake to diminish the recognizability of your star short stop, saddle your new stadium with a garish display, and a high maintenance gimmick like massive fishtanks around the infield. On the one side they diminish Reyes’s worth while adding costs needlessly with the other stuff. Its entirely within the thinking of people who would do that to act jerky to a potential star and team standout by dragging contract talks to an arbitration hearing over a pittance.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      I am surprised that Old Gator did not bring out his phrase Scrooge McLoria. If you are going to shell out big bucks on free agents, why send a different message to the in house talent?

      • Old Gator - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:53 AM

        I’m not so sure Scrooge was directly involved in this. Beinfest and Samson run the day to day stuff, and I doubt if el Jefe wanted to be bothered with a measley couple of hundred grand when he’s busy at the moment trying to waste a wad of money on Cespedes. If they do throw a pile of cash at him as opposed to a Matt Garza or a real third baseman, while nickel-and-diming the guys like Bonifacio who they need to perform optimally to have a chance in their very tough division, they’ll deserve to watch the postseason from their living rooms yet again.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Who does Miami use in these negotiations, the rooster lawyer from Futurama?

    • Francisco (FC) - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:14 PM


      Quote: “Your Honor, I move that I be disbarred for introducing this evidence against my own clients.”

      • Old Gator - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:55 AM

        Gordon Hochhauser from Where’s Papa, most likely.

  3. dwrek5 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Seriously! After reading The Extra 2%, Jonah made it sound like the player rarely wins.

    • jwbiii - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Teams win about 60% of the time. This year, it’s 2-2, with the Marlins at 0-2.

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