Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – For the second time in as many days, the Miami Marlins have lost another salary arbitration hearing, this time to utility man Emilio Bonifacio.
According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer, Bonifacio will get the full salary he requested of the Marlins in arbitration, $2.2 million for one year.
It was the first time Bonifacio had ever been arbitration-eligible. The Marlins had offered him $1.95 million for one season.
Bonifacio, 27, hit .296 last year with five home runs, 36 RBI’s and 40 stolen bases. He was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise miserable year for the Marlins. He put together a .753 OPS and started at third base, shortstop, second base, and all three outfield positions.
He’s likely batting second in the lineup behind newly-acquired shortstop Jose Reyes. If Reyes can stay healthy, it will give the Marlins two very quick baserunners at the top of a developing lineup.
The Marlins lost a separate arbitration hearing earlier this week to pitcher Anibal Sanchez. The Marlins are now 3-6 in salary arbitration hearings since 2003, and have lost their last five straight, according to Spencer.
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