Anibal Sanchez Wins Arbitration Case

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Pitcher Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Florida Marlins throws against the Atlanta Braves at Sun Life Stadium on September 20, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Earlier this morning, pitcher Anibal Sanchez's agent tweeted that he had won his arbitration case. His agent, Gene Mato, called it a historic win for players going forward in arbitration.

Sanchez will make $8 million in 2012 compared to the $6.9 million that the Miami Marlins wanted to pay him. Three hearings have happened so far this season, and this is the first time that a player had won his case in 2012. The Marlins have one more arbitration eligible player, Emilio Bonifacio, but it is likely that they come to an agreement before hand, being only 250K apart.

Sanchez will be 28 in a few weeks and is set for free agency after the 2012 season. Last season he posted a 3.67 ERA in 32 games started and he has a career 3.72 ERA. The Marlins acquired Sanchez along with Hanley Ramirez from the Boston Red Sox in 2006 for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell.

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