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.READ MORE: Authorities: Body Of 'Hero' Recovered; Good Samaritan Tried To Rescue Drowning Father, Son Off Tampa Area Beach
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.READ MORE: Man Sought In South Miami-Dade Busway Homicide
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.MORE NEWS: Retired Florida Teacher Swims 12 Miles Around Key West To Raise Scholarship Money
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