Anibal Sanchez notched a victory on Monday that won't be counted on his won-loss record. But it will count big in his wallet.
Sanchez not only won his arbitration case against the Marlins, but pocketed the largest award ever given to a starting pitcher at the hearing stage. A three-member panel of arbitrators decided in his favor, awarding him the $8 million salary the pitcher and his agent, Gene Mato, felt he deserved. The Marlins had countered with a salary of $6.9 million.
It was the largest salary ever awarded to a starting pitcher whose arbitration case went to a hearing, topping the $7.365 million awarded last year to the Angels' Jered Weaver. But in Weaver's case, the team prevailed.
This could very well be Sanchez's final campaign with the Marlins. Marlins president David Samson said last week that the team has no plans to discuss a contract extension with Sanchez during the season, after which the pitcher will become eligible for free agency.
Emilio Bonifacio is scheduled to have his arbitration case heard on Tuesday. Bonifacio is asking for $2.2 million while the Marlins will argue his salary for next season should be $1.95 million.
With the Sanchez decision, the Marlins are now 3-5 in arbitration hearings since 2003.