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Bonifacio Wins Arb Case Over Marlins, Awarded $2.2M

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Emilio Bonifacio was awarded a $2.2 million salary for the 2012 season by winning his arbitration case against the Miami Marlins, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

The Marlins had countered his request by offering $1.95 million, but in losing the case lost an extra $250 thousand. Not bad for a player coming off a two-and-a-half WAR season -- especially a 23 year old that can play every position on the field (other than pitcher and catcher).

Bonaifacio, 26, is coming off his best season as a pro, hitting .296 / .360 / .393 with 40 stolen bases versus just 11 caught stealing. 2011 was his third season as a Marlin and fifth as a pro. Juan Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel suggests the Marlins will use Bonifacio as their starting center fielder.

The Marlins also lost their case against Anibal Sanchez, which was reported Monday.