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.
- Twitter / @clarkspencer -"Emilio Bonifacio won his arb case against #marlins, awarded $2.2 million"
Miami Marlins lose arbitration case to Emilio Bonifacio - Juan C. Rodriguez | Sun-Sentinel
"Coming off a breakout season, Bonifacio's camp successfully argued he deserved a $2.2 million salary this season instead of the $1.95 million the Marlins wanted to pay him. The speedy Bonifacio, who in 2011 made $425,000, likely will open the campaign as the club's starting center fielder."
Anibal Sanchez Wins Arbitration Case - MLB Daily Dish
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.