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Anibal Sanchez Wins Arbitration Decision With Miami Marlins

Anibal Sanchez has been awarded the largest pitcher arbitration decision this weekend when he and the Miami Marlins met. Sanchez went into arbitration seeking $8 million while the Marlins were seeking $6.9 million.

Michael Jong of Marlins blog Fish Stripes explains the situation a bit:

Sanchez will earn about $2 million more than was expected of him by MLB Trade Rumors' projected arbitration salaries, but the Marlins anticipated this and actually offered around $7 million for the righty starter. Either way, this ensures that Sanchez will be a Marlin through 2012 and that he will also test the free agent waters following this year. If you will recall, I have previously advocated signing Sanchez to an extension to ensure that he is on the team for the next four seasons after 2012. With the Marlins unlikely to get a deal done with free agency imminent, it is very likely the team will let him sign on with a bigger fish.

For more on the Miami Marlins, visit SB Nation's Marlins blog Fish Stripes.

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